By: Egonda Emmanuel Anelka
Commercial sex workers have reportedly pitched camp in Sironko town as the area prepares to host the 57th National Independence Day Celebrations on Wednesday.
This year’s Independence Celebrations are hinged on the theme ‘Consolidation of “Consolidation of National Unity, Security, Freedom and Prosperity’.
Now Elgon FM understands that Sironko town is a beehive of activities, especially at night with sex workers trying to make ends meet before, during and after the celebrations. James Wetaka a resident of Sironko town council says most of the commercial sex workers position themselves in bars and near guest houses waiting for customers.
Hamuza Wasukira another resident claims that the sex workers are from Mbale, Busia, and Kampala.
Isaac Lulaba the Sironko Resident District Commissioner admits he has received reports of the commercial sex workers but says it is a personal conviction for one to be wary of the deadly HIV scourge through responsible living. Lulaba says if it gets to the worst, condom use should be embraced.
Florence Nambozo Mayoga the Sironko District Woman Member of Parliament says such a high profile function brings together people of all walks of life. Nambozo who is also the Chairperson of Parliament’s Committee on HIV has urged parents to closely monitor their children’s movements at this time. She says the girl children if not properly guarded could lead to unwanted pregnancies and spread of HIV and Hepatitis B.