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The ‘Lutheran Hour’ Radio Talk Show held in Bugiri takes on the discovery of the causes of Early Marriages in a Live Talk Show.

As the Lutheran Hour live talk show continues to rock the eastern region of the country, LMMU is taking it deeper in the communities among its potential listeners. This time round Bugiri Town Council enjoyed the ‘Lutheran Hour’ in a more intimate way. A community talk show was conducted at the Bus pack grounds in Bugiri Town Council. ‘Lutheran Hour’ fans had an opportunity to discuss the causes of Early Marriages in the local areas. On April 14, LMMU, in partnership with NBS Radio, and the Lutheran Church in Bugiri endeavored to find out the causes of early marriages in Bugiri.

Present at the show were the Assistant Inspector of Police-Bugiri district, Mr. Mungecha Musa, the Deputy Town Mayor, Mr. Majegere; LC-3 Chairman Budhaya sub-county; the Counselor of -Bugiri Town Council, Mr. Kasimu Fanta,  Ms. Rebecca Kyomuhendo the Manager of LMMU and NBS-Khodeyo’s Thomas Madoba, commonly known as ‘Cow Boy’, among others.

Lutheran Hour talk Show in Bugiri

Lutheran Hour talk Show in Bugiri

Early marriages are still a serious social challenge affecting families in Uganda especially those in the rural settings. Research shows that many school children are being forced into marriages and become mothers before the age of eighteen and 76% of the mothers in Bugiri alone are victims of this mischief. Among the reasons why these young children are being forced into marriage at such a tender age is abject poverty, whereby parents give away their children in exchange for a bride price that might be their only hope for a better living. A section of the audience who were also mothers admitted to being victims of this mischievous practice.

One Nassozi Birungi a mother in her mid-thirties confessed to the congregation that she was given away by her father to a married soldier at the age of 14. She shared her sad story of how her former husband and co-wife mistreated her until she had to run away. ”Since then I swore never to get married again”, said Nassozi Birungi in a resentful tone suggesting she could never encourage someone to get married. Other causes of early marriages included family violence, harmful traditional practices, early exposure to sexual practice, low level of education, poor parenting where parents never make their children feel loved, peer pressure and the HIV&AIDS scourge which has left behind too many orphans, whose guardians cannot afford to support their up-bring.

 

A fan shares his views

A fan shares his views

 

A listener shares his view about Early Marriages

A listener shares his view about Early Marriages

Through the discussion the listeners were educated about the consequences of early marriages which included extended families, the poverty cycle, marital violence and irresponsible parenthood, where children are mothered by their fellow children incapable of imparting any parental values. The congregation was further informed that marriage is a gift from God which was intended for good and not bad hence the need to build such a relationship on love and mutual respect. Without these qualities, God’s precious gift of marriage to mankind is violated. Other consequences include societal instability especially between the family’s affected and street children.

The Assistant Inspector of police also took time to educate the listeners about the prevailing laws that are being broken as a result of these early marriages. One of the challenges he said the police was facing is the mishandling of the compensation fees that is given to victimized children, whose defilement cases have been settled by police. He asked parents to use such compensation to the benefit of the girl victims, and not for their personal gain. Teachers and parents were encouraged to take child upbringing more seriously by counseling children regarding early marriages and early involvement in sexual practices.

A section of the audience

A section of the audience

Through this community discussion that attracted people from all religious sects including Muslims and the Traditionalists, LMMU was privileged to directly reach out the community using the family as a unit which is the main target for our weekly Lutheran Hour radio talk shows aired every Sunday on the Jinja based Nile Broadcasting Services- Khodeyo Radio station.  LMMU through its radio program continues to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the un-churched, de-churched and the Lost as well as strengthening the believers in their faith while preparing them to face the challenges of the world today. Through this Radio program, LMMU has brought many to the church seeing the birth of over five Lutheran congregations in Bugiri district alone.

Part of the audience that participated in the Talk show

Part of the audience that participated in the Talk show

These congregations include Nakavule, Naigoma, Izira, Itakaibolu and Bugunga Lutheran Congregations. Bugiri Town council and Bufuula village in Jinja district are the areas that have so far had the opportunity to host a live Lutheran Hour radio talk show and share their views with the rest of the nation about issues that are affecting our Christian homes today.