I’m just sitting at uni, wasting some time in the hope that I’ll miss the worst of the traffic. Checked my email, updated facebook, did the rounds on twitter, chictopia and the world of blogs. With all the serious stuff out of the way I thought I’d check out the news, stumbling onto this first little gem – Uganda blackouts ‘fuel baby boom’. That then lead to the next lovely little delight – Uganda seeking miniskirt ban. Both included below for your reading pleasure 🙂
Uganda’s population explosion is being fuelled by electricity shortages which lead couples to go to bed early and have sex, a minister has said.
“While the rest of the world is working in shifts, we in Uganda are going to bed early,” said Planning Minister Ephraim Kamuntu.
“Then we complain that the population is growing. Why not?”
More than 90% of Ugandans are without reliable access to electricity, according to Mr Kamuntu.
Without light or TV for entertainment, couples are forced to retire early, spending up to 12 hours a day in darkness.
Uganda’s annual population growth rate is one of the highest in the world – 3.4% – according to statistics from the country’s Population Secretariat.
Mr Kamuntu said this was a major reason why Ugandan living standards remained low.
Speaking in Mukono, at a workshop on the upcoming National Development Plan, he said that improved electricity infrastructure is needed to keep lovers out of bed.
Widening access to power would also help increase the efficiency in the country’s agricultural sector, he added.
However, ordinary Ugandans were not convinced that the turning off of the lights is what is turning on the nation’s couples.
“I don’t think that a lack of electricity is the cause of overpopulation. It’s because of poverty,” said one.
“They are bored, they’ve got nothing to do”.
“Personally I think it’s all about birth control,” said another. “People don’t use contraceptives.
“I think that has nothing to do with people spending a lot of time in bed.”
Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister says miniskirts should be banned – because women wearing them distract drivers and cause traffic accidents.
Nsaba Buturo told journalists in Kampala that wearing a miniskirt was like walking naked in the streets.
“What’s wrong with a miniskirt? You can cause an accident because some of our people are weak mentally,” he said.
The BBC’s Joshua Mmali in Kampala, the capital, said journalists found the minister’s comments extremely funny.
Wearing a miniskirt should be regarded as “indecent”, which would be punishable under Ugandan law, Mr Buturo said.
And he railed against the dangers facing those inadvertently distracted by short skirts.
“If you find a naked person you begin to concentrate on the make-up of that person and yet you are driving,” he said.
“These days you hardly know who is a mother from a daughter, they are all naked.”
According to the minister, indecent dressing is just one of many vices facing Ugandan society.
“Theft and embezzlement of public funds, sub-standard service delivery, greed, infidelity, prostitution, homosexuality [and] sectarianism…” he said.
Earlier this year, Kampala’s Makerere University decided to impose a dress code for women at the institution, our reporter says.
The miniskirt and tight trousers ban has yet to be implemented, but our correspondent sought the opinions of women on campus about the minister’s opinions.
“If one wants to wear a miniskirt, it’s ok. If another wants to put on a long skirt, then that’s ok,” one woman said.
But others had more sympathy with Mr Buturo.
“I think skimpy things are not good. We are keeping the dignity of Africa as ladies and we have to cover ourselves up,” one woman, called Sharon, told the BBC.