The increasing cases of domestic violence in Rwizi Region are being
blamed on the Police force.
Residents of Karuhama ward in Rubindi town council
in Mbarara district, say police are involved in most of the family dispute,
which has resulted in domestic violence.
David Turiomuriwe, one
of the residents says officers in the Child and Family Protection Unit often
side with women forgetting that men too have rights.
“Officers in the Child and Family Protection
Unit especially women don’t want to help men as if men don’t have rights,” he
James Mugume, also a resident of Karuhama Ward, says Officers in charge of
investigations fail to investigate the root cause of family disputes or follow
up on the cases that are reported before effecting arrests.
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another resident says several men have committed suicide after being arrested
over their property because of complaints from women.
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Valleh Mwakiire, the
Commandant of Rwizi Regional Child and Family Protection Unit denies the
accusations, saying they are often objective while handling cases of domestic
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She explains that they
receive between 5 and 10 cases of domestic violence each day and over 500 cases
quarterly. Mwakiire says half of the cases are prosecuted in court.
She however, says the
number of men reporting cases of domestic violence is still low because of
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Evelyn Kyomugisha, the Coordinator of MIFUMI project in Mbarara, which fights
against domestic violence, acknowledged receipt of complaints about police.
has promised to engage Police to forge away forward.