Funeral discos in Busia suspended by RDC

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The Deputy Busia Resident District Commissioner, Mathew Tusubira has suspended funeral discos alias disco Matanga in a bid to combat teenage pregnancy. Families in Busia often organise night dances to fundraise for funerals. 

Residents have formed different village burial groups that specifically mobilize members to gather whenever one of the families loses a loved one to dance and contribute money for the funeral. Disco Matangas, which started among the luos in Kenya, have become common in Busia, Uganda.    

However, Tusubira says that disco Matangas contribute 80% to teenage pregnancy and early marriages in the district. He says that the dances also contravene the night time curfew and ban on social gatherings as part of the control measures against the spread of coronavirus.  

Tusubira has suspended the disco Matangas, saying they will not hesitate to arrest anyone found violating the directive.  

David Okello, a resident of Buchicha village says that the decision by the RDC to suspend Disco Matangas is unfair because they use them to raise financial support for bereaved families. He says that the money from the Disco Matangas replaced the sale of land to raise money for burial expenses.

Patrick Onyango, another resident from Madibira A village, says that RDC’s shouldn’t have suspended disco Matangas because they help reduce the sorrow of the bereaved family. He attributes the increase in teenage pregnancy in the district to negligence by parents.

Naphtali Mangeni, another resident says that the RDC risks facing the wrath of residents because most people in the area have embraced disco Matanga as the only way to get financial support to send off their loved ones.

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