An online petition calling for Minister Kibuuleâ€™s resignation over his reckless comments on rape victims has already gathered close to 500 signatures three hours after it was started. Speaker Kadaga has also asked the minister to make a formal apology to the Ugandan public over the statements he made over the weekend.
A reckless comment made by Uganda’s Minister for Youth Affairs about rape victims appears to have riled a section of people who are now calling for his resignation.
Ronald Kibuule was quoted by the Daily Monitor as saying poorly dressed women who get raped should also be prosecuted for inviting the rape.
The newspaper quotes the minister as saying that he had talked to the police in Kampala to see that if a woman is raped they look at how she was dressed. He went on to qualify his statement by saying most women currently dress poorly especially the youth and that if a woman is dressed poorly and she gets raped, no one should be arrested.
The Minister, who was reportedly meeting the youth in Kajara, Ntungamo District on Saturday, said police should charge rape victims for inviting the crime.
Kibuule’s comments generated a debate on social media with people accusing him of being insensitive to the victims of rape. On Twitter, they began petitioning Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi on his handle @AmamaMbabazi to have the minister dropped from cabinet.
An online petition calling for Minister Kibuule’s resignation has already gathered over 500 signatures three hours after it was started.
The petition started by Sanyu FM radio presenter Lindsey Kukunda, calls on the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to sanction the minister over the remarks he made at a function on Sunday.
The comments by the youth minister have sparked outrage on social media channels which then culminated into a petition to have him ousted.
Among the people riled by the ministers comments include Mildred Apenyo, a writer who tweeted, “Our leaders are busy telling police to scrutinize your wardrobe before giving you justice on the heart-breaking event that you get raped/ molested”. Emmy Otim, a social activist also tweeted “It’s wrong for a national Youth Leader to encourage rape, it doesn't matter the circumstance-rape doesn't make our society a better place”.
Dr Ian Clarke, the Mayor for Makindye Division also called for the resignation of Kibuule on his twitter timeline, noting that the youth affairs minister should own up for promoting violence against women.
Attempts to get Kibuule to comment about the matter were futile as his known number was switched off.
Uganda Women’s Network, an NGO has also expressed their discontent over the comments made by the minister. The group says they will address the press on Wednesday and call for his resignation.
In Parliament during plenary, Speaker Kadaga also asked the minister to make a formal apology to the Ugandan public over the statements he made over the weekend. Kibuule was not in Parliament at the time.
According to the 2011 police report up to 7690 cases of rape were reported that year.