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Nakacwa abstained from sex until marriage

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th May 2010 03:00 AM

MANY youth today are ashamed to admit that they are virgins. But Christine Nakacwa took pride in being a virgin.
Nakacwa got married to Christopher Katumba last month at Makonzi Church of Uganda, Mityana Diocese, in Bukuya sub-county, Mubende district.

MANY youth today are ashamed to admit that they are virgins. But Christine Nakacwa took pride in being a virgin.
Nakacwa got married to Christopher Katumba last month at Makonzi Church of Uganda, Mityana Diocese, in Bukuya sub-county, Mubende district.

By Luke Kagiri

MANY youth today are ashamed to admit that they are virgins. But Christine Nakacwa took pride in being a virgin.
Nakacwa got married to Christopher Katumba last month at Makonzi Church of Uganda, Mityana Diocese, in Bukuya sub-county, Mubende district.

The day after their wedding night, village elders and religious leaders gathered to celebrate the traditional rituals after a bride is found to be a virgin.

Last week, Katumba and Nakacwa went to the office of the Bishop of Mityana Diocese, Dr. Samuel Stephen Kaziimba to claim the gifts the bishop had promised to give any virgin couple that got married.

An overjoyed Kaziimba declared: “The Katumbas have turned up as the first couple. Nakacwa was proved to be a virgin, and I am happy to present these gifts to them.”

As is traditionally done, the bed sheets were presented to a committee of senior women the bishop had set up to verify the the couple’s claims.

Nakacwa says keeping herself a virgin has not been an easy task. She recalls some challenges in the village, where a few boys were tempting her into sex.

“I decided to stay at home with the elders. I only left when I was going to church, to the well, and a few other times,” she says.

She says her aunt, Nakanwagi’s encouraging words gave her the courage to live by her decision to stay a virgin. She says she also got a lot of information from radio talk shows about abstinence and being faithful.

“I decided in my heart that abstaining was the only solution. I feared HIV, and messing up with boys,” Nakacwa says.
Despite the fact that Nakacwa has been a devout Christian all her life, she does not recall getting any help from the Church.

This has forced Kaziimba to urge his priests to put in more effort in strengthening youth associations in their parishes.

Katumba says he is happy to have found such a wife, and promises to take care of her.

“It was through my grandfather Juuko that I met Christine. He connected me to the aunt, Nakanwagi, and we started the process. I did not rush her into sex,” he says.

Last year, Kaziimba launched the project to reward virgins in a bid to promote abstinence. He says the rate of HIV infections in Mityana district and Buganda is high.

“Children start having sex when they are still so young. It is such projects that will help to sensitise them,” Kaziimba adds.

Bishop Kaziimba says he will add the newly-wed couple to his team that goes around the diocese, sentising the youth about abstinence.

Nakacwa abstained from sex until marriage

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