Kahama district executive director Theresia Mahongo has asked gold mining companies in the district to restrict their workers from donning their uniforms outside their workplaces. Most men who are employed at Barrick Gold (ABG) mines use their uniforms bearing glittering reflectors to attract young girls, she alleged.
"The uniforms serve as baits for attracting female teenagers before luring them with chicken and chips, mobile phones and other small gifts In exchange with sexual favours," she claimed. "Some men put in glittering ABG uniforms to impress young girls that they are permanent employees of the mines when they are actually labourers," she noted.
Ms Mahongo said this shortly before handing over 60 sewing machines donated by Service, Health and Development for People living positively with HIV/AIDS (Shdepha) to female teenagers living in difficult conditions in the township.
Shdepha conducted a training in. use of the sewing machines to thi beneficiaries before the machine were handed over to them at tti weekend, according to Shdepha manager in Kahama district, Mr Venance Mzuka. Mr Mzuka said the targeted beneficiaries of the sewing machines valued at Shl5 million were young girls whose parents had died of Aids and others from across the district and beyond, who were also living in difficult conditions in Kahama. He said the objective of the donation and the training was to support the teenagers so that they could meet their basic needs instead of resorting to prostitution that could result in contracting HIV/Aids pandemic. The young girls would use the sewing machines to employ themselves, Mr Mzuka said, promising that 90 more girls would also be provided with the sewing machines and be trained in the near future. There are about 32,570 children living in difficult conditions in Kahama district, 16,570 of them being girls. Shdepha was determined to surpport at least a quarter of the disadvantaged girls by training and providing them with sewing machines.
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