MP LEKU TO BROKE MEN…’Stay away from women, sex’

Mp Leku

By our reporter

The Terego West MP, Joel Leku has cautioned ‘broke men’ to stay away from sex if they don’t have resources to look after their off springs.

According to Leku, cases of parents abandoning children are all over and blamed the trend on poverty in homes, that is why he has called on the broke men to forget about sex instead of filling the country with children they can’t look after.

“But these are mostly lazy men who abandon their children. These ones should actually leave our daughters alone because they are incapable. But when you follow up with a woman you should be able to know that there are a number of things that can happen so if you aren’t able, you shouldn’t follow up with a woman. Don’t follow up with a woman if you aren’t able to take care of the woman,” said Leku.

He made the remarks while addressing journalists at Parliament with members of Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children and Child’s i Foundation that was leading calls on child care reforms by promoting fostering children instead of normalizing orphanages.

In December 2021, Speaker Among threatened to name and shame male MPs who have turned it their latest hobby to impregnate their lovers and abandon their offsprings, a vice that has seen women flock to Parliament pleading for the MPs to intervene.

Among’s warning came during a debate on a statement made by Vice President Jesica Alupo ahead of the launch of the national campaign against defilement, early marriages and failed parenthood, where she warned male MPs against turning her into a therapist because of the endless cases brought to her office by women who claim have been impregnated and later abandoned alongside their children by the lawmakers.

“I am tired of counseling women here. Women come here with children, it is the male MPs who impregnate these girls and they abandon these girls, just imagine this girl is your daughter and somebody irresponsibly and doesn’t take care of the pregnant” said Among.  

Sarah Opendi (Tororo DWR) who also doubles as Chairperson Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) urged the male MPs to conduct DNA tests in case they are in doubt about paternity of children instead of neglecting the children and called on MPs to take responsibility for their actions.  

Leku however also added the practice of men abandoning children isn’t a reserve for only broke men, but there have been cases of rich people like MPs joining this bandwagon remarking, “It is very true that politicians and businessmen abandon children and allover, people abandon children it is a concern.”

However, Stephen Baka (Bukholi North) said MPs shouldn’t be the only group pointed out because the vice of abandoning children is global and shouldn’t be treated as a reserve for lawmakers in Uganda.

“We are addressing this problem wholesomely, whether MPs have been found falling short of the standards of taking care of their children, it is a global problem, it isn’t about Uganda or Parliament. It is a big problem, so we are talking about it wholly instead of pointing an eye there, let us address it holistically looking at the family as the best unit,” he said.

Margaret Makokha, Chairperson Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children however spurred with her fellow MPs by instead proposing to end this practice by publicising the names of men who are in the practice of abandoning their children.

She said, “As a forum, if you don’t stop this, we are going to name and shame because as a forum, we are advocates of children. Why should you be a Member of Parliament who gets some good money, why can’t you take care of your lover to the extent that these children can be abandoned to the extent of taking them to orphanages?”

When tasked by journalists why women are fond of paternity fraud where they claim children belong to a certain man, only for DNA test to prove otherwise, Makokha blamed men on being careless which prompts the women to find alternative father figures for the children, in order to have parents who cater to their needs.

According to the Foundation, Uganda has about 500,000 children growing up in orphanages and another global study indicates that 80% of children in orphanages have living extended families who could foster these children instead of having them to the care homes.



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