Women from Nyange sector of Musanze district have expressed worries over their husbands’ migration to Uganda for hard labor but never return.
They explained that some men prefer to head for Uganda since labor opportunities are nowadays rare in their region.
“My husband left me five years ago. He left me with five children as he went for hard labor in Uganda. We waited for him but has not yet returned, “said one woman on condition of anonymity.
Though this woman is not fully aware of where her husband is, she has obtained information that he may be living near the border of Rwanda and Uganda.
Mukakibibi Leocadie, another abandoned wife says that some men marry other wives which hamper their return.
“Men going for hard labor in Uganda marry other women and forget families they left back,” she said.
Nteziryayo Epimaque, the notary of Nyange sector says polygamy is the main cause of the matter.
“Citizens of our region are accustomed to polygamy and beget many children yet the land is inadequate. For instance we record 28,000 people per square kilometer in Nyange sector. So they prefer to go for hard labor in Uganda,” he said.
Nteziryayo warned residents against polygamy since doing so with inadequate means affects children who drop out of school for streets.