My gov’t will punish sexual crimes, says Katumba
The question everyone ought to be asking their candidates is how are they planning to balance up the gender scale, Independent presidential candidate John Katumba said on Thursday.
He had just clashed with police in Iganga and Jinja towns leading to his being arrested twice in one day.
“How is the country to be alleviated of the Gender Based Violence(GBV) scourge?” he wondered.
According to him, in creating awareness on the reality of the issue, this is how his government shall handle it:-
Firstly, stopping GBV starts with the mindset on the problem at hand.
“Majority of our comrades are indifferent when it comes to women and children’s rights despite them being the most marginalised society group.”
Have an opinion now, let it be disgust at the thought of GBV, he urged.
“We need to form a social contract to speak up against these atrocities and report culprits to the authorities.”
He said the Katumba government prioritises unity and there is no greater act of unity than this mercy to the victims.
“Countrywide, there’ll be operational safe space programs.”
These will be attached to hospitals, libraries and educational facilities.
“Availed in these will be professionals capable enough in handling such trivial matters delicately and offering rehabilitation to the affected.”
He said the key will not be putting labels on the victims but rather offering a go-to.
Hand in hand with the judicial system, the punishment for sexual GBV crimes shall be strict unbearable to offer fitting punishment, he noted.
“There’s a lot more in my manifesto! Feel free to ask any questions.”