Opinion: Magufuli should be consistent [and think before he speaks]

It is evident that when you have a large population you build the economy. That’s why China has the world’s fastest-growing economy” (…) Don’t mind those who tell you otherwise. Set your ovaries free and let them block theirs” – President John Magufuli on the 16th March 2020 at the inspection of Ubongo Intersection in Dar Es Salaam

There are times, where I think the message isn’t consistent with their actions. If President Magufuli would have an explosion of children and a bigger population. Than, the President shouldn’t arrest the female youths and students, who happens to get pregnant. This is public knowledge.

If he was consistent. He would put in place systems, health care and opportunities. So that there would incentive to get babies, hook-up and even get married with kids. Like if he wanted more children to world. Maybe make it more safe, as there is statistics out that 18% of all maternal deaths in the Republic is connected with woman giving birth in the age between 15 to 49 years. That is warning that everything isn’t right.

So, we have two giant issues before we start. Not only that the teenage pregnancy is fought with the authorities. Than, if they get to the hospital there is big chance they are not living. This is really something the CCM and Magufuli should fix before asking more kids to this world. I am sure the World Health Organization and UNICEF has helped for the mortality rate to fall over the last two decades, but Magufuli should facilitate and secure when they enter the gates of hospital.

What is also striking: Shouldn’t you empower ladies to more than just being a womb for future kids? Is that their only value Mr. President?

You know want a big population and being able to challenge Nigeria and China. However, than make the woman empowered and systems to give them incentives. They are reflecting human beings not walking wombs. That is really a bad view of it all. It just all paternalism and chauvinism in general. It is not a good look.

Mr. President be consistent, be reflected and think before you talk. You must think little of the people and of the other gender. When you says stuff like this. As a man, I am disappointed. I cannot imagine how a woman would feel about this. Especially, knowing that this is how he values you.

Mr. President your a bulldozer and as tits on a bull. Because, your certainly have to come with a complete program from the cradle to the grave. You better amp up a welfare state, functional hospitals and child-care units all across the Republic. That is if your sincere, if not this is just hogwash coming out of your mouth. Peace.

Press Release: African Commission Calls on Uganda to Ensure The Right to Legal Abortion and Access to Reproductive Health Services (07.03.2016)

Kabare Hospital 11.12.15

The government of Uganda should stop impeding access to medical abortion and reproductive health services, according to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights—a regional body charged with ensuring African states comply with their human rights obligations under regional and international human rights treaties.

The African Commission’s recommendations call for Uganda to implement the Maputo Protocol—the only treaty, at both the international and regional levels, that explicitly guarantees the right to legal abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest, and where the continued pregnancy endangers the mental and physical health or life of the woman or in cases of fatal fetal impairments.

Abortion in Uganda is legal in limited circumstances, yet approximately 85,000 women each year receive treatment for complications from unsafe abortion and an additional 65,000 women experience complications but do not seek medical treatment.

“Too many women and girls in Uganda put their health and lives at risk because the government has failed to ensure they have access to safe abortion services when they need it,” said Evelyne Opondo, regional director for Africa at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “We commend the African Commission for putting the reproductive rights of these women and girls first, and urge Uganda to expedite implementation of the Maputo Protocol and expand access safe and legal abortion.”

Abim Hospital 2014 P2

The Center for Reproductive Rights and Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) submitted a letter to the African Commission in October 2014 that highlighted a range of reproductive health and human rights issues including the lack of access to comprehensive contraceptive services and information, lack of access to safe abortion services and post-abortion care, high incidence of maternal deaths and injuries, discrimination against women living with HIV and AIDS, and expulsion of pregnant girls from school.

In its recommendations, the Africa Commission urges Uganda to expedite all draft bills in Parliament which have bearing on protection of women’s rights, including the Marriage and Divorce Bill which has been pending for more than 15 years. The commission also calls for the strengthening of protections for Ugandans livings with HIV and AIDS, including making amendments to the “HIV Prevention and AIDS Control Bill.” The law, which was passed in August 2014, criminalizes the transmission of HIV, a measure that allows doctors to violate patients’ confidentiality and disclose their HIV status without consent, and calls for mandatory testing for pregnant women and their partners in violation of their human rights.

“The provisions in the HIV Prevention and AIDS Control Bill are discriminatory and only deter people from accessing health services, including HIV testing,” said Moses Mulumba, Executive Director of CEHURD. “We call on the state to reconsider these provisions and promote the realization of the right to health in Uganda.” 

The Center has worked extensively in Uganda on the human rights implications of lack of access to legal abortion and modern contraceptives. In November 2013, the Center, the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law released a joint report entitled The Stakes Are High: The Tragic Impact of Unsafe Abortion and Inadequate Access to Contraception in Uganda. The report documents personal stories of women impacted by the widespread and false impression that abortion is illegal in all circumstances in Uganda— when in fact it is permitted for women with life-threatening conditions and victims of sexual assault.

In 2012, the Center launched its first research report on Uganda’s laws and policies on termination of pregnancy. The report found that the laws and policies are more expansive than most believe, and Uganda has ample opportunity to increase access to safe abortion services.