Yesterday, we came across this story in The New Vision. A woman was seeking help. I am going to offer an alternative response drafted with the help of an equally shocked friend- because we have come to the realisation that Uganda, as a nation, has lost her ability to be appalled as one can see from the headline and the counsellor’s polite response.
This below was her note:
My husband has impregnated a 15-year-old girl and our family is almost breaking up due to lack of peace. Please help.
This is our offered response.
Please call 0414233814 or 0414250613. If you have no airtime, you can also reach the Police by dialing 999 or 112 from a mobile phone. You can also report at your Local Council offices.
We will grant you anonymity in the publication of this note, but please be informed that we have taken the liberty to avail your contact details to the law enforcers as it is our duty to report crime. Don’t wait for them to call you either because habouring a criminal is also a crime in this country.
Rest assured that we shall follow up with you on this. Should police fail to help you, we shall contact higher authorities.
P.S He did not impregnate her. He defiled her. Repeat after me “DEFILED.” Allow yourself to be shocked by the crime. Do not be complacent or use softer words to excuse it.