President Yoweri Museveni has Wednesday visited the family of the late Iganga Woman MP, Hon. Grace Kaudha Hailat.
Museveni told the family that although he got news of the passing of Hon. Kaudha last week, he was unable to attend her funeral because of other programmes.
“I extend my sympathies for the loss of such a young person on the path of self-actualisation,” Museveni told the grieving mother of the late.
Museveni said he first met Kaudha during campaigns last year.
He noted that she was pregnant at the time. She was carrying the child she has left behind who is one-and-a-half years old now.
Her passing is a terrible incident, the president said, adding, “I would like to take this opportunity to caution our people who are still subjecting girls below 18 into marriage”.
He said this is a backward practice which exposes those children to pregnancy and childbirth related complications, sometimes leading to death.
Then there is the category of people that are mature enough but do not pay the special attention required in pregnancy.
Things like pressure are well known and can be regulated if discovered on time, the president noted, explaining that health workers should sensitise the public on this to avoid unnecessary tragedies.
“When it is time to send someone else in place of Grace, I ask Iganga people to elect somebody to carry her vision forward. I thank you.”