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Women Legislators seek to Amend Domestic Violence Bill

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troche geneva;”>Women legislators argue that the current act allows only government analytical officers to give evidence in courts of law and yet even clinical officers do attend to these victims.

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In the consultative meeting chaired by Lubirizi woman MP, Betty Mbabazi, in which the legislators intend to lobe the Evidence Act, they suggested that if clinical officers are allowed to examine the victims of domestic violence this will help streamlining service delivery to the local population.

Mbabazi reiterated the Domestic Violence Act “has so many loopholes that need to be amended if domestic violence is to be addressed.”

Present during the Friday meeting were Monica Amoding, the National Youth MP, Judith Mary Amoit (Pallisa District) and Kabakumba Matsiko the Bujenje County MP among others.

At the same meeting, Brenda Kugonza, the Public Relations Officer for Center for Domestic Violence Prevention expressed disappointment over the increased rate of domestic violence in the country even after the bill was passed into law.

If this act is amended, it will be mandatory to clinical officers to testify before all judicial proceedings before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and all Courts established under the magistrates courts.


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