Ugandans are shocked by the alleged violent acts of the Hon, Ronald Kibuule, The State Minister for Water Resources and MP Mukono North against a female security officer while on duty at Stanbic Bank, Mukono. The Minister’s alleged conduct and act contravenes the Domestic Violence Act, 2010 and the penal code Act which criminalizes assault.
The Women of Uganda are disappointed that a state actor, a duty bearer, a public figure in society, conducted himself in a manner that disregards women and girls’ dignity and their human rights and this not being his first time.
Hon, Kibuule has previously made statements that condone violence against women and girls. In 2013, the Hon. Minister, was forced to retract his statement that promoted rape culture against women and girls. Hon. Kibuule was reported by the Daily Monitor of 24th September, 2013 to encourage men to rape women who are ‘indecently dressed’ and recommended that the suspects should be released. He also said that in cases of rape, police should first ascertain the dress code of the victim. If they were dressed indecently, the victims should be charged with inviting the crime.
This unacceptable conduct of the Minister is an insult to Ugandans and the office that he holds. His actions are detrimental to the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda and most especially to the safety and dignity of women.
Violence against women and girls remains a big challenge impeding development. According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey of 2011, 56% of women in Uganda have experienced physical violence at some point since the age of 15 years. Cabinet approved the GBV policy and National Action Plan on 17th of August 2016, to reaffirm its commitment against any form of violence. Violence MUST not be accepted in any form or manner. Violence MUST not be tolerated. Any person who violates another must be prosecuted and face the arm of the courts of Law.
We reject leaders who exhibit a negative mindset towards women and girls to remain in public office, they will continue to use their power and authority to abuse and disregard women and girls human rights and dignity.
We are equally disappointed with Stanbic bank quick one sided apology to the Minister without clear investigation. We also hope that Stanbic bank does not condone these types of acts against women or any person.
We would also like to remind Stanbic bank that there are customers including women to Stanbic. We therefore call upon Stanbic Bank and its management for fair treatment.
We as citizens of this country are bound by the laws of Uganda. As citizens we are not above the law and under no circumstances should we engage in or justify GBV.
Therefore we in the women’s movement;
• Call upon all Ugandans to stand up today in unity to condemn Hon. Minister Ronald Kibuule’s actions and ask him to resign.
• Call upon the Police to expeditiously investigate the case and prosecute the suspects to serve as a lesson for would be offenders engaged in similar criminal acts irrespective economic stature or social standing.
• We call on Stanbic bank to release the CCTV footage
• Call upon the Presdient to drop the Hon. Minister from Cabinet if found guilty.
• Demand for justice for the victim, Hellen Obuk and ask Stanbic to apologise to Hellen and the women of Uganda
• Thank the media for exposing perpetrators of GBV in the fight against the vice.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
UNITED WOMEN CAN!
Issued by UWONET – Uganda Woman’s Network.
Ring fencing political posistions not healthy for Uganda’s Democracy and Gender equality:
On October 2, 2015 the Electoral Commission announced the amendments passed by Parliament of Uganda to Presidential and Parliamentary Acts in preparation for the 2016 elections. Among the announcements was the increment in nomination fees for aspirants in the 2016 elections. Barely two months to the nomination of members of Parliament and Local Councilors MPs passed nomination fees which in the opinion of women of Uganda is intended to bar many upcoming women and youth from accessing political positions of leadership. According to the amendments, MPs are expected to pay nomination fees of 3,000,000/- up from 200,000/- in 2011.
It is a fact that most women and youth are challenged by limited resources and face an uphill task to raise money to contest in an election. The majority of civil servants are teachers some of whom are preparing to contest in the forthcoming elections. On average, a secondary school teacher in Uganda takes home about 450,000/= per month while their counterparts in primary school earn about 250,000/=. The newly passed nomination fee for MPs and local councilors is simply out of reach for the majority of Ugandans who would want to serve the country. It is common knowledge that aspirants must prepare for their election and fundraise.
However, this can be done more easily if candidates are not caught un- aware about critical items they must raise money for like nomination fees especially within an unrealistic time frame. In addition, political parties which at times assist candidates with nomination fees do not have resources since majority hardly receive any funds from their members.
The President of Uganda H.E. Y.K Museveni has on a number of occasions professed the importance of quality men and women in leadership. In 1995, affirmative action was passed by Parliament to give women, youth and people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in leadership by redressing imbalances created by history and tradition. This law therefore goes against these principles and is a back track on the importance of providing equal opportunities for men and women in leadership bearing in mind the limited economic opportunities in Uganda.
We are therefore calling on all political parties to reject this amendment in its totality.
We call for a revision of the amendments in order to enhance participation of citizens especially women and youth in the forth-coming elections.
UNITED WOMEN CAN!