The First Lady of Uganda, Janet Museveni, said her three daughters were married when they were still virgins because she used traditional way of upbringing a girl child.
“I made all my daughters to sign ‘true love waits’ cards and they would abstain from sex until the wedding night (when) they (would) produce these cards to their spouses. This can be achieved even today,” Ms Museveni said, as quoted by the Daily Monitor.
The First Lady was speaking in Kyenjojo District during the commemoration of the Day for the Girl Child last Thursday.
“That is how we, in the past, were brought up by our parents, there was no such immorality like now”.
The day was preceded by a dialogue between stakeholders who committed themselves to protect the rights of the adolescent girls.
Mrs Museveni’s daughters include Diana Museveni (married to Geoffrey Kamuntu), Natasha Museveni (married to Edwin Karugire) and Patience Museveni (married to Odrek Rwabwogo).
“Whether a man is big or small, say no and run away, a man can use sweet language to persuade you, don’t allow any man to use you when you are a young girl, not even an adolescent boy, no man should engage you in sexual intercourse until you are married, true love waits,” Janet Museveni reiterated to the adolescent girls.
The First Lady, who is also the minister for education, said that most young girls in Uganda die while giving birth because their bodies are not yet ready to deliver babies.
The First Lady also rebuked parents who engage with the rape or defilement suspects to settle cases by receiving money.
“Please, parents, stop asking for money to settle rape or defilement cases. The parent is the biggest stakeholder in the development of the girl child,” she said.
Mrs Museveni blames “free supply of contraceptives in Uganda” for the “moral decadence witnessed of late”.
“The use of contraceptives is not our culture, we no longer have pride to say no, people are given contraceptives to use them and do what they want, have sex, take pills, conceive and abort, this is not our culture in Africa,” she said, adding, “Just say, thank you (to the service providers) our culture does not believe in this, we should protect the values of our society”.
Janet Museveni launched the national gender in education sector policy that among others, spells how the rights of adolescents should be protected.