Women In Kampala Ask Government For Security

Women In Kampala Ask Government For Security

Women In Kampala have tasked government to guarantee their security and to prevail over the recurring kidnaps and murder of women by mysterious gangs.

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Women In Kampala have tasked government to guarantee their security and to prevail over the recurring kidnaps and murder of women by mysterious gangs.

Speaking under their umbrella body, the women’s movement in Uganda, a consortium of women support organisations, the women yesterday asked to the government to make public reports on the recent murder of women.

Ms Ritah Aciro, the executive director of Uganda Women’s Network (Uwonet), said government must devise means of ensuring the security of women who have become a target of the killers and kidnappers.

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“Women, especially in the rural areas have suffered different dehumanising situations but the issue of security and torture of women in this country is scaring.

All women are scared in their own country and government ought to take a strong position on this as a matter of national importance,” Ms Aciro noted.

She was addressing journalists in Kampala on the state of women’s rights and challenges impending full enjoyment of their rights.

“We have just seen another brutal death of Susan Magara and we hope we can see the perpetuators tried and convicted,’ she added.

Towards the end of last year, police were puzzled by a wave of women killings in the different parts of the country, but mostly in Wakiso District where more than 20 women were murdered in the same way.

The latest case of brutality against women involved 28-year-old Magara who was kidnapped and murdered after 21 days, despite her family reportedly paying the Shs700m ransom demanded by her kidnappers.

However, police say 13 suspects have since been arrested in connection with the killings.

One of the men whose wife was killed at the hands of the killers last year, Mr Francis Bahati, 33, narrated to journalists how his wife was grisly murdered, accusing police of failing to help him apprehend his wife’s killers.

“When my wife disappeared on June 13, 2017. After searching, we discovered her decomposing body five days later. After burial, the police could not even pick a statement from me.

They only called me to record a statement at police three weeks later. This was the last time I heard from police,” he said.

Ms Miria Matembe, former legislator now turned activist, who also attended the event as a senior citizen, took a swipe at female legislators and ministers in the country criticising them of ‘failure to use their positions to protect fellow women.

“When I was still in Parliament, I would move to police and order them to come with me to see how we tackle a problem. Our women in Parliament are seated there eating money only and they can’t help.

We ask God to intervene and where possible, we pray and fast for the situation,” Ms Matembe said.

The women also made a list of demands to government including: eradicating poverty, improving maternal health, investing in girls’ child education, eliminating gender based violence and economic empowerment.

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