Following Daily Monitor’s publication of 24th September, 2013 that carried a story which not only demeaned women, but also incited sexual violence towards them in the rape, an act that has been seen as a violation of women’s right was received with anger and disgust among Ugandan citizens in men and women.
The statements that were made by the Youth minister Ronald Kibuule a Member of Parliament of Mukono South were received with anger on all social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook. On both social media platforms, harsh tags were created in his name #Kibuule and #KibuuleMustGo. Here women activists poured their anger and called on the government of President Museveni to sack Kibuule as a youth minister.
The Speaker of Parliament summoned the minister to appear before Parliament and issue an statement on the said and publish accusations. Law makers were heard screaming high for Kibuule’s head if he apologizes not to the house and Ugandans in general.
This follows a debate on miniskirts where the minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon Lakodo wanted them banned because according to him, there were the reason why men couldn’t tame their sexual argue towards women a matter that was received with anger as well. This bill seemed to have not made sense at all yet it had other content that was good especially on Anti-pornography, the bill never saw the light of the day especially when its pointers touched the miniskirt. The miniskirt seemed to have had many supporters including the men for a reason not known may be optical nutrition as many call it.
Following yesterday’s outburst on Kibuule, the Civil Society Organizations today have issued a press statement below are the details in it.
PRESS STATEMENT TO DENOUNCE RAPE CULTURE IN UGANDA
Wednesday, 25th September 2013
Ugandans were shocked and concerned by the utterances on rape made by the Youth Minister Ronald Kibuule in the Daily Monitor of 24th September. Ironically the Minister disregarded the state’s obligation and instead instigated men to rape women who are ‘indecently dressed’ and went ahead to recommend that suspects who have raped such women should be released!
To quote the newspaper he said “I have talked to the IGP and the police in Kampala to see that if a woman is raped they look at how she was dressed. Most women currently dress poorly especially the youth. If she is dressed poorly and is raped, no one should be arrested”. He also said that in cases of rape, police should first ascertain the dress code of the victim, and if they were dressed indecently, they should also be charged with inviting the crime. By these words, the Youth Minister Ronald Kibuule is;
1. Promoting crime in the form of rape of women based on their dress code and thus not upholding the Constitution
2. Blaming victims of rape and excusing rapists for their crimes yet our law says otherwise
3. Glorifying rape through ensuring that victims of rape are afraid to come forward for fear of being persecuted for being raped
The Youth Minister Ronald Kibuule’s statement is detrimental to the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda and most especially to the safety and dignity of the women. It is an implication to lawlessness in the country. His statement is a portrayal of the letdown of the government to protect and support victims of sexual violence despite the 2
institutions in place such as Police, Courts of Law and Family and Child Courts mandated to fight this gross human rights violation.
Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused. Rape culture is perpetuated by, justifying rape thus creating impunity for rape to continue thriving, Encouraging and re-enforcing remarks that sympathize with and justify the rapists’ actions, Humiliation and stigmatization of the victim leading to silence on the part of the victim while offenders continue unabated, Rape is a gendered crime by which individuals or groups gain, express and maintain their dominance and power over others
Rape Culture negatively affects every woman, girl, husband and father!
In 1986, Uganda ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which requires the country to refrain from engaging in any act or practice of discrimination against women including rape. By signing the convention Uganda promised to ensure that public authorities and institutions shall act in conformity with this obligation; further, to take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices which constitute discrimination against women for example rape.
In a bid to domesticate CEDAW and penalize rape, the government through national legislations such as the 1995 Constitution, the Penal Code Act, and the Domestic Violence outlaws and criminalizes sexual offences. The government therefore is obliged to punish acts of violence against women and to take appropriate and effective action concerning acts of violence against women, whether those acts are perpetrated by the State or by private persons, and to provide access to just and effective remedies and specialized assistance to victims.
We in the youth and women’s movement call upon all Ugandans to stand up today in unity to condemn the Youth Minister Ronald Kibuule’s justification of rape! Any remark aimed at intimidating women over their dress code is a violation of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda and United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We as 3
citizens of this country are bound by the laws of Uganda and under no circumstances should we justify a criminal act!
We in the youth and women’s movement therefore demand that;
1. Youth Minister Ronald Kibuule makes a public apology to Ugandans in the print, audio and visual media
2. Youth Minister Ronald Kibuule resigns from his current ministerial position
3. The IGP issues a statement on the Police’s stand on prosecution of rape cases
4. The Minister Of Gender, Labor And Social Development, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut issues a statement clearly indicating the Ministry’s stand on rape and violence against women
5. Parliament to censor Hon. Ronald Kibuule, Member of Parliament for Mukono North County
6. His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to drop Hon. Ronald Kibuule from his current position as Youth Minister
We hope that all male and female Legislators will take all precautionary measures to not only combat avoid gender based violence and discrimination, but also make gender responsive laws that promote women’s rights and personal safety in public and private spaces.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY