Janet Museveni: No Money for Sanitary Pads for School Girls Yet
Ugandan School Girls Won't Get Free Sanitary Towels Anytime Soon
First lady and education minister Janet Museveni has said government is yet to receive funding to help procure sanitary pads for school girls president Yoweri Museveni had pledged ahead of the 2016 election.
Lack of sanitary towels accounts for a fraction of girl absenteeism and dropout rates in Uganda.
Museveni’s pledge was meant to address this challenge.
But two years down the road, government is yet to find money to buy sanitary towels.
“We don’t have the funding in this financial year,” said Mrs Museveni as she outlined her ministry’s achievements in the ongoing NRM Manifesto 2018 accountability campaign.
“I don’t think we are doing it right now.”
Janet Museveni said government will roll out the sanitary pads campaign “when we get the funding”.
“We will do it and we would like to see it done but we can’t do it without funding for it.”
Last year, controversial Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi attacked the Museveni’s for backtracking on their pledge to provide free sanitary towels to school girls.
But Nyanzi got into trouble for using ‘strong language’ to attack the president and the first lady.
The researcher was remanded for calling Museveni, Uganda’s three-decade president, ‘a pair of buttocks’.
Meanwhile, Janet Museveni also said government had no plan to feed school children, urging parents to pack food for them.