Church of Uganda Archbishop Stephen Samuel Kaziimba has rallied Ugandans against gender-based violence (GBV) during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday at Uganda Media Centre, Dr Kaziimba said the Church is concerned by the increasing GBV cases.
“We have witnessed an increase of cases of GBV during the lockdown. As religious leaders, we appeal and encourage people to work together to prevent it in our homes and communities. We should also provide psycho-social support to the victims during this pandemic,” Dr Kaziimba said.
Uganda police registered 328 cases of GBV between March and April.
Archbishop Kaziimba attributed the cases of GBV across the country to lack of money and food.
“When there is no food in the house, men tend to get mad and resort to beating their wives. But there are also women who are busy abusing their husbands because their husbands do not have money and this has further intensified anger among the couples. I ask all men to desist from beating their wives, but women should also respect their husbands,” he said.
The Archbishop also asked the national Covid-19 task force to prioritise food distribution to HIV/Aids patients, many of whom have not been able to access their anti-retroviral treatment due to the lockdown.