Kitgum District Senior Probation and Welfare Officer Michael Ogweng says that a total of 415 cases related to domestic violence were reported to probation and police officers between April and May 2020, as the government maintained a lockdown, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ibrahim Kasyana, the Coordinator Para-Social Workers in Karusandara Sub County, says they are teaming up with local council chairpersons to handle domestic cases. He also says they counsel and refer victims who need further management.
Addressing journalists at the National Theater to kickstart the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence, the UWONET Executive Director, Rita Aciro noted that 56 per cent of Ugandan women and girls have experienced physical assault while 28 per cent have experienced sexual violence.
In his statement to police, Ambrose Lalim, one of the suspects claims that the five engaged the deceased in a bitter quarrel, which ensued in a fight. They reportedly ganged up Okot and clobbered her with clubs to death.
According to Byakutaga, church and village leaders had tried to mediate the conflict between the couple before Namwanje met her brutal death. Byakutaga also told court that Namwanje inherited the contested property from her mother.