Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda comes from a polygamous family. She grew up in one and knows the challenges and problems of such a family. I believe she is speaking against polygamy from that experience to caution Ugandans. Now so what if she has found herself in a tough spot?
Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda comes from a polygamous family. The father is/was polygamous which is why
Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda and her mother used to live in the USA/New York. This is public information. And that is the context in which she may be speaking out against polygamy.
On what the majority of UAH folks are interested, Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda is not outsider. Her grandfather who was a chief played a leading role in Mmengo so she must surely have been told a lot more about what she was getting into.
Without going into details, she must miss the late Mrs Rebecca Mulira (RIP), one of the people if not the person who had a lot of influence on —-(fill in). The late Rebecca Mulira’s word was final. Let me stop there.
Secondly, If circumcision was effective how come HIV/ AIDS among the GEMA, Kalenjin, Kamba and Luhya is just as high as the rate among Luos of Kenya?. In Uganda, there is a substantial population that circumcise-Muslims, Bakonzo, Sabiny, Bamasaba. But are these groups safer than the rest of Ugandans? I think the researchers ignored a natural experiment.
But what about the women? Are proponents of the cut saying that it is men who are the problem? Granted men have done more harm than women but women too can infect men. Could that be the reason why studies about circumcision have been mixed at best, misleading at worst? It take stow to tango but the focus on men. Why ignore women in the move to mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS? I know some will argue that HIV/AIDS is gendered that is that more women than men are infected. But should not that be a god reason to involve women?
Now the problem with Southern African countries-I am not stereotyping them-is the mines. Absent men for long periods away from their wives. The men indulge with away games and the women too are tempted to do otherwise after all they are human too.
Now is the root cause being addressed? No. The same in Uganda. How many men love their wives in the villages to go to cities to look for work? How often do those men return women? How faithful do those men remain/ And what about the women they married and left in villages for months without what got them to marry? Do men who live their wives for long periods expect them to do nothing why the men enjoy in urban centers? Playing away games like crime is about opportunity.
Where is the big picture? In a nutshell it is the movement of people in Africa which has contributed to the spread of HIV: long distance truck drivers, mining workers, factory workers, farm workers, internal camps from war and violence etc. Those Somali truck drivers are circumcised but studies have found that many are infected? Why? Because of their work and ensuing behavior.
The second problem is socialization when women cannot talk about safe sex and the men –even when infected-will go ahead and pass it on. Yes patriarchy is the other problem. So how has circumcisions impacted patriarchy and the sense of entitlement to sex among men?