So, they’re framing this as a bad thing?
With reports of a sharp increase in the number of men in Uganda seeking paternity tests, fears are growing it could break up families and leave children psychologically scarred.
The issue has been a hot topic of debate in the country since a tabloid newspaper published a story claiming that a well-known business tycoon – who had several wives and mistresses – had a row with one of his spouses, prompting him to request paternity tests that reportedly said he was the biological father of only 15 of his 25 children.
The tycoon and his family have never commented publicly, and the report has not been independently verified.
But the story spread like wildfire and has caused huge controversy over the last few months, prompting some lawmakers to make an emotional appeal to men to stop putting their families and children through the trauma of tests.
“Let’s live like our forefathers lived. The child born in the house is your child,” lawmaker Sarah Opendi said in parliament. Although she qualified her statement by adding that if a man wanted a paternity test it should be done when a child is born – not when they are grown up.
Most worryingly, the privately owned Monitor newspaper reported that testing has caused domestic violence, with police arresting an Israeli national living in Uganda for allegedly killing his wife after DNA results showed that he was not the father of their six-month-old child. The man has not yet been charged.
Speaking in mid-July, Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman Simon Mundeyi said there had been a 10-fold increase in requests for tests, which require taking the DNA of the father and child.
“We used to have on average 10 applicants daily at our government analytical lab. We are now averaging 100 daily and the numbers are still increasing,” he added.
Private clinics also cashed in on the trend, putting up advertisements on the back of taxis and on billboards offering tests.
This raised concern that results may turn out to be wrong, especially after reports surfaced that suspected fake testing kits had been smuggled into Uganda.
The Ministry of Health stepped in to restrict testing to just three state-run laboratories – though the director of public health, Daniel Kyabayinze, said there was more social media hype than a surge in testing.
Nevertheless, steps were being taken to ensure that families received counselling and psychological support when tests were done.
“We have seen social media messages where people think paternity tests are disruptive to families and can cause gender-based violence. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen because of the result which is given,” Dr Kyabayinze told the BBC.
Some would argue, testing is better than relying on age-old cultural practices – like smearing cow fat on the umbilical cord, and putting it in a woven basket filled with water.
If it then floats – a cultural researcher pointed out to Uganda’s Monitor newspaper – it means the child belonged to the family.
But Uganda’s state minister for primary health care said there was no need for men to seek paternity tests.
“Anything that you don’t know can’t kill you. If you don’t know that this is not your child, it won’t break your heart. But when you find out your heart will be broken,” Margaret Muhanga said.
Of course, it’s a woman saying that.
White women have always made this argument.
All the sluts really care about is the kids, goy
Even if a woman is not a total whore, she still wants to keep her options open, and views the concept of paternity tests as a potential threat.
What’s more: women have collectivized, and will always defend other women, whatever their whore behavior. It used to be the reverse, where women felt it was their responsibility to be loyal, so other women should not have a right to go whore it up.
I tell all men the same thing: no matter how much of a princess you think that bitch it, get a paternity test. Also, put it in your pre-nuptial contract that you’re going to be doing paternity tests – both as a scare tactic and a way to prevent her from trying to block it.
As always: remember that every man who ever got completely destroyed by a woman thought that she was a princess, so you thinking that is literally the definition of “completely meaningless.”