S.21(1) of the Penal Code Act provides that “when a person incites any other person to commit an offence punishable with death, whether or not any offense is committed in consequence of the incitement, he or she is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.”
I was on my way home. It was 10.00 pm. Two men stopped me and grabbed each of my arms. I begged them to let me go, and they leered at me. I yelled at a teenager passing by and asked him to help me. The men told him to ‘mind his own business or face fire’. The teenager run away. The men begun tugging me in a direction I was unaware of as I struggled to free myself. A boda boda man passing by stopped and rode in our direction. They let me go and I run. One of them chased after me. I turned around and saw him raising his foot. I run faster but succumbed to the heavy kick my would-be rapist had just delivered to the small of my back. I hit the ground, cutting myself on stone.
I was afraid I’d brought this on myself because it was late and I was out alone.
Nothing that threatens another human being’s security, freedom and general well-being can be termed as a small issue. It is a big issue. It is a gigantic issue. It is a humongous issue. And we cannot- we cannot- let such issues pass over and over again, which is what we do when we do not hold leaders accountable; leaders who seem to remain unaware about the implication of their actions.
He has isolated two groups of people: Basoga and Baganda. He has tribalised/ethinicised dressing. It is not about what the people are wearing anymore, here it becomes who the people are and the two are inseparable to a listener. A Musoga=a person that dresses in a style that shames the Minister. Stripped down, this is tribalism.
This brings me to another war: the way of dressing, the dress code. I am happy in this hall, I have not seen someone in a miniskirt, I have not seen someone in a balanced trouser. I thank you, people of Kajara [people clapping]… I always get ashamed whenever I go to attend functions in Busoga and in Buganda. I don’t know what they want to show me. Mmmh.
Rape is not a women’s only issue. It’s everyone’s issue. You don’t have to imagine the victim as your mother/aunt/sister/cousin/girlfriend/fiancée/ wife either in order to empathize and advocate against rape and rape culture. All you need to know is that women are human beings and their violation is unacceptable and can never be justified.
In response to Ronald Kibuule once again making harmful and hateful statements towards women and their personal freedoms, Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) held a press conference today at their headquarters in Ntinda.