New Vision (Kampala)

18 November 2012

Uganda: Did Married Women Cheat On Their Husbands Back Then?

Sophie Nakajumbi, 69, a resident of Kasubi, a city suburb, says since her youthful time, some married women have been cheating on their husbands.

"The reason the vice is publicised today is because of the media. In the 60s and 70s, some married women could have sexual affairs with their neighbours and even have children."

"They would use opportunities like after the burial of her husband, to announce that the last born was not a biological member of the family," says Nakajumbi.

She adds that even after getting married, some women continued engaging in previous relationships.

Before marriage, women would date more than five men and at times have sex with them. But some parents cautioned their daughters against involving in such evil acts, in order to protect the positive image of their families.

"Families which were very strict would convene a meeting to discuss the matter. It was a secretive meeting. They treated such a matter as a curse in their families," she explains.

Nakajumbi also said some of the married women who had attained education and were working in public offices never missed parties.

"This is where you would make a choice on who to move out with among those proposing to marry you. We danced with married men, in the presence of their wives and it never caused alarm," she says.

However, former Nwoya MP, Zachary Olum, says it was not common for married women to cheat on their husbands because they respected cultural norms.

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