By MORIS MUMBERE
KABAROLE: The District Chairman Kabarole Mr.Rwabuhinga Richard has strongly warned the parents leaving on the slopes of Mount Rwenzori against the habit off marrying their daughters at a tender age to get dowry.
“It’s now your habit that you feel can’t be changed but such character of marring off your children limits home development” Rwabuhinga said.
He says marrying off the daughters before the age of 18 not only affects the victims but also undermines development in the area.
Mr.Rwabuhinga advises the parents to refrain from such bad cultural practices of giving out their daughters for marriage as early as 13 years but focus at adding value to them so as to become important people in future.
The chairman explains that a parent who educates his or her daughter to a diploma or degree level adds value on her and she fetches good money in terms of dowry because educated and wealth men compete for her.
Using an example of a bottle of soda bubbling due to high temperatures, Rwabuhinga compared parents marrying off their daughters at a tender age with some greedy person who rushes to drink soda suds thinking he is taking soda and yet he takes empty and the liquid remain in the bottle.
He was on Monday speaking as chief guest to parents and students at the official commissioning a two classroom block at St.Joseph Secondary school in Karangura Sub County. Karangura,Kabonero and Katebwa are leading sub counties in cases of early marriage and defilement.
The chairman told the parents that the construction of the school in the hard to reach sub county will be a solution to averting early marriage and school dropout since the children will no longer be trekking long distances.
Mr.Kahuzo Elkanah the LC3 Karangura appreciated the district chairman and former woman mp Kabarole Hon.Victoria Businge Rusoke for their regular follow up of the shs200m presidential pledge and Fort Portal diocese for offering them land whre the school seats.