A section of legislators under the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) have today come out to condemn demeaning and sexist behavior towards women by estranged partners.
If not checked, members warn, this pattern of patriarchal tendencies could stall efforts against domestic violence.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Kasambya MP Hon. Gaffa Mbwatekamwa specifically bashed Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of the House of Prayer Ministries for acting hypocritical and unholy.
Mbwatekamwa says it is unbecoming of the holy man to make public utterances against his estranged wife Teddy Bijingo, yet he has objected to a public hearing in court.
The MP also condemned journalists working with Bujingo’s Salt Media who descended on their colleagues on Monday and beat them up, while they tried to cover an activists’ demonstration against the pastor.
“Today you are working here tomorrow you will move to work in any other media house. Who are you?” he wondered.
Meanwhile, activists want laws curtailing domestic violence such as Domestic Violence Act implemented immediately.
Jovah Kamateeka the Mitooma district Woman representative says this is imperative to restore harmony to family institutions.
“First of all we want to make sure that we protect the sanctity of a family. Both parties must be able to respect each other”.
The MPs also want the Marriage and Divorce Act fast tracked for debate urgently.
Rising on this matter, Margaret Baba Diri the Koboko Woman MP says this law is not essentially about sharing properties but striking a balance between spouses.
“The bill will help us men and women. It is not about sharing properties but there are important things in the law which will help us safe guard the family”
The above mentioned bill which seeks to grant certain rights to cohabiting couples was shelved in 2013 after facing resistance from a cross section of stakeholders and MPs.