Busia administrators blame Ugandan ladies for increased cases of domestic violence

Felix Agunda [email protected]

Administrators in Busia county especially chiefs and their assistants have decried the increased number of domestic violence cases and family breakups in the area in particular, along the international borders between Kenya and Uganda. The cases are allegedly being perpetrated by the increased influx of Ugandan ladies into the area following Uganda President Museveni’s decree on single women in his country.

During his swearing-in ceremony, the Ugandan president declared that all single ladies in Uganda must get married by the 18th of May 2021 or should choose where to migrate to and those willing to stay will be subjected to a poll tax.

The Chief was quoted saying “Our hands are tied, we cannot prevent them from coming because our country respects the East African treaty of free movement of people within member states,” he stated, adding that they are waiting for official communication from the Kenya government regarding the matter

Bujwang’a sub-location in Samia is among the areas along the porous border between Uganda and Kenya where area assistant chief Leonard Orwaya Ogubi at recent burial ceremony for one of the residents, intimated that his office is being overwhelmed by the large cases of domestic violence which he blamed on the increased number of Ugandan ladies seeking refugee into the country following the presidential order on the Ugandan side.

“Our hands are tied, we cannot prevent them from coming because our country respects the East African treaty of free movement of people within member states,” he stated, adding that they are waiting for official communication from the Kenya government regarding the matter.

He jokingly advised Kenyan ladies who felt threatened by the large influx of their Ugandan ladies, to try emulating them, the advice that was greeted with a burst of prolonged laughter from mourners.

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