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Domestic Violence: Residents Accuse Police of Siding With Women

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.
Mwakiire Valleh, the Regional Child and Family Protection Unit commander.

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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 said.

 

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.  

//Cue in: “Police ziresire omu………..

   

  Cue out: …bwabakazi bakukoma twahwaho,”//    

Ronald Tumuramye, another resident says several men have committed suicide after being arrested over their property because of complaints from women.  

//Cue in: “police niyo eresire…  

Cue out: …kuteema omuntu kumwita.”//

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 violence.  

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Cue out: …to guide them.”//  

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 cultural perceptions.    

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Cue out: …including their children.”//  

Evelyn Kyomugisha, the Coordinator of MIFUMI project in Mbarara, which fights against domestic violence, acknowledged receipt of complaints about police. 

She has promised to engage Police to forge away forward.

//Cue in: “twizire nitutunga okwetombweita 

Cue out: …abantu timwine kunyagarazibwa.”//  

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