With their apologies, Ronald Kibuule and Onesmus Twinamatsiko did what every abuser does. And like all other incidents where women have had to accept apologies because we want to believe that they represent some kind of sign that the person understands what abuse is and will do something about it, in our private spaces, we have kept the same optimism.
Nyanzi’s lawyers applied to the High Court to revise the decision of the lower court (magistrate’s court)- in this case Buganda Road Court. The High Court was to revise or basically to re-visit, to review what had happened in the lower court. They had two specific requests (or “prayers”, as they are called in court) regarding Nyanzi’s mental health check as this was not a criminal case and bail application.
The literary community in Uganda has joined others in calling on the Government of Uganda to drop charges against Makerere academic, Stella Nyanzi. The petition coordinated by Soo Many Stories publisher Nyana Kakoma and co-director of Center for African Cultural Excellence, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire. The public statement, signed by several in the field, emphasises the…
When she asked for the child, the midwife told Musimenta that the baby was born dead. The body given to her three days later, was not her baby’s. So she went to court.
What is different this time? Ronald Kibuule, according to Hellen Obuku, invoked his office. He did not want to be searched because he is a Minister. The Stanbic CEO- who runs a bank that according to recent results, rose net profit by 56.9% to Shs107.29 billion- had time to apologise to him, likely because he is a Minister.
Kibuule also called the police. “But Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said Mr Kibuule called the police to “intervene in the case” at the bank. The Minister reportedly called the Mukono District police commander, Mr Alfred Ahimbisibwe, to arrest Obuku for criminal libel, a media-related offence. [Obuku is said to have “recollected herself and went back to her post and kept quiet.”]
Feminist leadership is about changing how power works. It should not just be about appointment of women but also advancement for social justice for all. It is leadership for the women and girls in Karamoja who have to spend more time fetching water because the valley dams were not constructed. It is leadership for the less fortunate in the country- female, male, different able bodied, rural, urban, young, old- for whom mismanagement of the funds meant for poverty alleviation was the difference between making it in life and falling through the cracks. It is about taxpayer money used for one individual when thousands go hungry in the country.
President Museveni, who is currently campaigning for another term, has been the president of Uganda since 1986. One of the promises he has made on the campaign trail is that should he be re-elected, his government will provide free sanitary pads to girls in school. He made the pledge on the fourth day of his campaign trail, in Alebtong district. It is probably the first time in this country that a president has talked about women’s sanitary needs: and used it to ask for votes, too.
While Uganda has had special seats for women since 1989 National Resistance Council elections, the women legislators have mostly shared the space with their male counterparts. This was the first time that the House was occupied by just women for the very first National Women’s Parliament.
It was organised by the Uganda Women Parliamentarian Association (UWOPA) and the women used the platform to several issues: laws passed that directly affect women, land issues and cultural practices like polygamy.
But someone still needs to explain to me why Tuesday’s New Vision had a picture of Kagezi with her children. Aren’t some of these children witnesses!? I have enough crime TV to even ask, shouldn’t they be under state protection- in safe houses with armed guards- until it is determined that there is no threat to their lives as well?
We have Mexico to thank for the existence of a Ministry whose job (in part) is to prioritise women’s issues in the country. While there were always fora like the Uganda Council of Women and the Young Christian Women’s Association pre-Mexico, women’s issues could not be filed under “Community Development” after the very first global meeting on the status of women. This was in Mexico, 1975. And while the global conversation has now moved to “HeForShe” and men engagement, it is mostly celebrity men speaking on women’s issues. Not men being appointed as Ministers of Gender.