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{UAH} Let’s use cheaper sanitary pads

Let's use cheaper sanitary pads

I appreciate the government for their intention to scrap off Value Added Tax (VAT) on sanitary pads for the Financial Year 2017/2018. I believe that with no VAT, pads will be cheaper and more affordable for every Ugandan.

However, the likes of Dr Stella Nyanzi who want the government to supply free pads across the whole country should be briefed on how expensive and difficult it could get to sustain such a project.

And First Lady Janet Museveni put it right recently on NTV: "You see, when you talk about sanitary pads that government must provide…You can't say we will provide them in these schools or in this district and not others. Now, when you have to provide those sanitary pads to all districts in Uganda, you need a reasonable amount of money and when you start, you can't stop."

Providing free pads to Ugandan girls could cripple Uganda's economy by preventing people from working to earn and provide for their basic needs.

At this rate, we would have people demanding for free clothes, soap, shelter, transport and everything. The government is already providing free education, therefore, parents should also make an effort.

Elizabeth Kabibi,


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