Karamoja affairs state minister Agnes Nandutu drove Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to the brink of tears during the launching of a Nutritional Situational Report at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel on September 27, 2022.

Nabbanja sat back and watched Nandutu presenting, in graphic detail, how mothers are reluctant to breastfeed in order to keep their breasts firm to appeal to the desires of men. She mentioned that the government is not to blame for the malnutrition and stunted growth in children in Uganda but it is rather their parents denying them their feeding rights.

I will be point blank. The Government is not responsible for children being stunted in Uganda. It is the men who place mothers on the edge, threatening to get prettier young girls with firm breasts. This makes the poor mothers deny their babies breast milk and resort to other options to please the selfish men


According to Nandutu, the men enjoy benefits supposed to be enjoyed by their babies as they suckle the breasts meant for their babies all in the name of pleasure and love making. She says this denies children a nutritional feeding as it is given to men rather than the rightful owners of the breast.

Ironically, these selfish men enjoy suckling and cuddling what they deny their own children. This is what has left one child out of 10 being severely stunted after being denied breast milk, which is not only medicinal, but highly nutritional


These words left Minister Nabbanja cupping her chin and tears welling in her eyes as she could not believe what she was hearing about men owning their children’s breast milk. The Uganda Bureau Of Statistics (UBOS) show that what men in Karamoja and Kampala do is the same.

Talking about hunger stricken children, Nabbanja hinted on the crisis of karamoja as she said there is plenty of good news for drought-stricken Karamoja from the Government. She mentioned that they have got enough food to feed the population and also are planning on distributing animals for rearing such as goats as well as seeds for planting that take only three weeks to grow in order to solve the food shortage issue of Karamoja.

Leticia Nambaziira

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