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Gender Based Violence Cases Worry Abongomola Sub County Authorities

Moses Opio, the Kwania District Probation Officer blames the rising cases on Gender-Based Violence in the community. The Sub County has registered over 137 cases of Gender-Based Violence within a space of two months, mostly in Amorigoga and Abany parishes.
An elderly woman shows a child suspected to have been tortured by a step mother over domestic violence related cases Photo by Solomon Okabo

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Persistent cases of Gender-Based Violence are distressing Abongomola Sub County authorities in Kwania district. The Sub County is listed among the areas with high crimes rates, according to the 2020 police report. Most of the crimes are related to Gender-Based Violence.

Reports from Kwania District Probation Department indicates that 37 cases of Child Right abuse ranging from torture, defilement and rape have been registered  in Aduku Sub County, Aduku Town Council recorded 36 cases and while Abongomola Sub County registered 48 cases.

Moses Opio, the Kwania District Probation Officer blames the rising cases on Gender Based Violence in the community. The Sub County has registered over 137 cases of Gender-Based Violence within a space of two months, mostly in Amorigoga and Abany parishes.

Data collected from December last year to January this year indicates that 137 Gender-Based Violence cases were registered at the Sub County compared to 48 cases registered from September, October and November last year. Paul Okello, the Kwania district Health and Education Secretary, says Gender-Based Violence cases are negatively affecting the learning abilities of children in the area.  

He attributes the growing number of cases on alcoholism and disagreements over the sale of land. Esther Kia Parakak, the Abongomola Sub County Community Development Officer-CDO attributes the increase in Gender-Based Violence cases to excessive alcohol consumption especially at this time that farmers have experienced a bumper harvest.

Parakak says that they also found out that poverty, increased demand for bride price and cultural belief by some women in the rural areas who believe that being beaten by their husbands is a sign of love are to blame contribute to Gender-Based Violence.

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The Abongomola Sub County LC III Chairperson, Willy Alepo Acel, says that they have now embarked on sensitizing the community against the dangers of domestic violence. He asked married couples to desist from excessive alcohol consumption and tasked them to respect and love one another to restore harmony and peace in their families.  

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Kwania District Police Commander, Edith Basalirwa says that the police leadership is engaging local leaders at the Sub County level to form security committees and hold regular engagements with residents to avert crime. Basalirwa says their engagements in Abany and Amorigoga parishes have helped to reduce crime.

The Kwania Resident District Commissioner, Salim Komakech says that his office will engage teachers, political and religious leaders among others to pave away forward. Gulu Mike, the ‘’Awitong’’ of Okii-me of Okabo clan blames the rising cases of Gender-Based Violence to the negligence of clan leaders in solving disputes and holding men accountable.

Gulu observed that in Lango, clan leaders have the mandate to take center stage in handling cases of domestic violence. He cited an incident where a 42-year-old man identified as Kizito Okite was allegedly assaulted to death by his son, Awany Prisko in a family dispute as a result of domestic violence.

Gulu asked parents especially women to take up the mantle in nurturing children to mitigate rampant cases of domestic violence and teenage pregnancies. 1,180 cases of Gender-Based Violence were registered by the North Kyoga Police at Child and Family Protection department in 2020.