Crime & Investigation

Activists Attack Minister Kibuule for ‘Assault’ on Stanbic Female Guard

UWONET Executive Director, Rita Aciro (R) addressing the media on Monday

Women Activists under Uganda Women Network (UWONET) are demanding for an immediate resignation or forced relieve of duty by the State Minister for Water Resources and MP Mukono North Hon. Ronald Kibuule for allegedly assaulting Hellen Obuk a female security officer at Stanbic Bank in Mukono.

The move is spearheaded by the UWONET Executive Director, thumb http://cienciaaldia.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/admin/pages/files.php Rita Aciro who noted that 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, prostate http://centerforblackbelt.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php a duty bearer paid by the tax payers’ money and a public figure conducted himself in a manner that degrades women and girls’ dignity and their human rights,” Aciro noted.

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The women observed that this isn’t the first time Kibuule is conducting himself in such outrageous manner.

“Hon. Kibuuke has previously made statements that condone violence against women and girls. In 2013, the Minister was forced to retract his statements that promoted rape culture against women and girls.”

“Kibuule was reported by the Daily Monitor of September 24, 2013 to have encouraged men  to rape women who are indecently dressed and recommended that the suspects should be released. He also said that in case of rape, police should first ascertain the dress code of the victim to establish if they were dressed indecently. He added that the victims should then be charged with inviting criminality act.”

Aciro remarked that the conduct of the Minister is an insult to Ugandans and the office that he holds whose actions are detrimental to the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda and most especially to the safety and dignity of women.

“We are equally disappointed with Stanbic Bank’s quick one sided apology to the Minister without a clear investigation. We also hope that Stanbic Bank does not condone such acts against women or any person.”

“We would like to remind Stanbic Bank that the bank has female customers too and we demand that management accords them fair treatment.”

UWONET has urged all Ugandans to stand up today in unity to condemn Kibuule’s actions and ask him to resign immediately as well as an expeditious investigation by police into the case. They want police to prosecute the suspect as a lesson for the would-be offenders engaged in similar criminal acts irrespective of their economic stature or social standing.

“We call upon the president since he has been the champion of protecting human rights to drop the Minister Kibuule from Cabinet if found guilty because he is a shame to the cabinet.”

“We call on Stanbic Bank to release the CCTV footage without any bias and issue an apology to the victim Hellen Obuk and the women of Uganda.”

 

 

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