President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned university students against what he called "donating" their bodies to men, saying the practice is detrimental to their lives. He referred to such men as researchers.
"If you are donating your bodies to all researchers for experiments, you are in trouble. By the way there are many researchers. You are not a research assistant to anybody," the President said. Museveni added that many students in universities were being misled by their peers to engage in sex after convincing them that they would be ridiculed if they did not have sexual partners.
"The problem is the bad peers you have. They tell you that if you don't sleep with men, people will laugh at you," he added.
Museveni was addressing university student leaders during their annual Inter-University Guild Parliaments Union meeting at the Uganda Manufactures Association (UMA) conference hall on Friday. He amused students when he said he advised his children when they were growing up to apply padlocks to their private parts.
"There should be a time for locking up those parts with padlocks and time to remove them. You know when you open your house at a wrong time the robbers will enter," he added.
He urged parents to advise their children to engage in sexual relationships at the right time.
The President said the students were usually fed on lies by their lecturers whom he said gave them wrong information that Uganda was formed by the British in 1894 and wrong reasons for the failure of the country to be at the same level of development with the "Asian dragons" yet they were at the same level of development at attainment of Independence in 1962.
"Your professors like Augustus Nuwagaba keep shouting about this. That man (Nuwagaba) shouts a lot, but he and his lot are not telling you the truth," Museveni said.
He said Uganda could not move at the same pace with Singapore, Malaysia and others Asian countries because the leaders who took charge of the country after independence destroyed the private sector.
The students donated the Kwame Nkrumah award to the President in recognition of his role in advancing the cause of the people.
They also gave the Ignatius Musaazi award to the chief justice, Benjamin Odoki for promoting unity, Julius Nyerere awards to Gen Elly Tumwine and the Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura. They said they awarded Kayihura for his political tolerance, promoting unity and peace in the country.
Earlier, Tumwine, who is the Patron of the union, asked the students to volunteer in the fight against corruption.