Speaking at the deceased’s home in Iganga, president Museveni said that he got the news of the passing of Hon. Grace Kaudha Hailat, the Iganga Woman MP, last week but was unable to attend her funeral because of other programmes.

 

The president extended his sympathies to the family saying that it was sad to loose such a young person who was on her path of self actualization.

 

“I first met her during campaigns last year. I 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. However, I would like to take this opportunity to caution our people who are still subjecting girls below 18 into marriage.

 

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. 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”, the president said.