Domestic Violence Worries Rubirizi Officials

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He blames the increase in domestic violence to excessive alcohol consumption amongst the many unemployed youths.

Cases of domestic violence in Rubirizi district in western Uganda have reaching alarming proportions, Uganda Radio Network has learnt. David Kisembo, the LC V chairperson Lubirizi district says four cases of domestic violence on average are recorded daily in each sub county. He blames the increase in domestic violence to excessive alcohol consumption amongst the many unemployed youths.

Kisembo explains that several youths spend their time consuming alcohol in urban centers instead of engaging in productive work and return home to barter their wives, while demanding for food.
He says despite their attempts to sensitize residents against domestic violence, the situation has worsened. Kisembo says left unchecked, domestic violence threatens to break up homes, which will have negative consequences on the social and economic well being of his electorate.

Gertrude Ainembabazi, a mother of six and resident of Lubirizi district is one of the victims of domestic violence. Ainembabazi says that she has lost various properties to her errant husband. She claims that because of the violent and irresponsible behavior of her husband, her children have dropped out school and offer labor on farms to earn a living. But Specious Kamateneti, a victim of domestic violence fault government agencies such as police for handling errant men with kid ‘gloves.

She says that whenever women cases of domestic violence are reported to police, they are referred to Local councils to be settled amicably. Betty Mbabazi, the Rubirizi woman Member of Parliament wants the district local Government to set a by-law to reprimand men found guilty of perpetuating domestic violence. She also calls for drastic measures to regulate alcohol consumption. Rubirizi district is endowed with beautiful crater lakes where men and children spend a lot of time fishing.