In Ugandan culture, when a girl became an adolescent, the parents sent her off to her paternal aunts (ssengas) to prepare her for future roles as a wife, mother and homemaker
Buganda Kingdom has decried of the vulgar language used by commercial ssengas in the name of giving marital advise. The kingdom has called upon young ladies to stay away from such people.
In Ugandan culture, when a girl became an adolescent, the parents sent her off to her paternal aunts (ssengas) to prepare her for future roles as a wife, mother and homemaker. However, things have changed, many young girls no longer benefit from this sort of arrangement. They just hire women to give them tips when getting married.
Speaking to New Vision, Denis Walusimbi, Buganda Kingdom cultural minister said that today’s ssengas do not add value to the girl child.
“We have realized that they are so many fake ssengas on the increase, we are calling upon young ladies to stay away from these people because they are just after money, they are not trained to counsel and apart from being vulgar there is nothing that they offer to our young girls,” said Walusimbi.
Walusimbi encouraged women who are seeking marriage counseling and other family related advise to consult their paternal aunts because they are the ones responsible and they are trained.
“If you do not have any ssenga, consult any reputable elderly lady in the neighbourhood or a family friend not these people who are always advertising,” he said.
Addressing the media in Bulange, Walusimbi also called upon all leaders to join hands to reduce the escalating HIV problem in the kingdom.
The reports carried out in 2015 shows that infections in Uganda stood at an estimated 83,000 with about 40,000 infections in central region.
“So many people have neglected their culture, there are some people who have copied other people’s cultures and are ending up sharing women and marrying widows without testing, we should be more careful, if you cannot control yourself, always first go for testing,” said Walusimbi.