Faced with increasing cases of indecent dressing among Ugandans, especially females, the government will soon enact a law that would punish culprits.
While opening a nine-day youth camp at Kitatya Village in Kayunga District on Saturday, the Youth and Children Affairs minister said indecent dressing is not only to blame for the rampant defilement and rape cases in the country, but it is also a sign of desertion of cultural norms and values that ensured dignity for all.
Mr Ronald Kibuule said dressing indecently seduces men who end up raping or defiling girls.
“You get ashamed when you see a girl wearing a mini skirt while others are wearing trousers leaving part of their bodies open. This law would ensure that people appear decent in public,” he said.
Mr Kibuule also asked the youth to pursue studies that would make them job creators, not job seekers. This, he said, would check the wasteful expenditure on courses that would not be easily absorbed by the job market.
“You should work hard when you are still young so that you enjoy your old age,” the minister added.
He advised residents to engage in commercial farming owing to their proximity to big markets of Kampala, Jinja and Mukono.
The camp was under the theme “Inclusive Skilling for employment and HIV/Aids”. It aimed at identifying the youths’ talents, which would help Madada Foundation, the organisation behind the camp, to plan for them well.
State minister for Elderly Sulaiman Madada asked the youth to avoid pre-marital sex, which would expose them to HIV/Aids.