State Minister for Water Ronald Kibuule’s woes are not yet over after news spread in the media that he allegedly slapped a Stanbic bank female guard who wanted to check him as he entered the bank’s Mukono branch to transact business.
Now women activists under their umbrella body the Uganda Women Network (UWONET) have vowed not see that the honourable minister resigns his job for what they described as assault of a female guard.
In his statement yesterday, Kibuule apologised for his actions insisting that he had done nothing wrong.
Kibuule said he had not slapped Hellen Obuk but only cautioned her and asked that he be searched by a male security officer and not a female.
According to him, the allegations that he assaulted the female guard are being spread by his political rivals who want to see him go down the drain.
However, the female activists insist the apology is not enough as he acted irresponsibly as a minister and therefore deserves a punishment for what he did.
Addressing the media at their offices in Ntinda, the executive director of UWONET Rita Aciro said the alleged conduct by Kibuule also Mukono North Member of Parliament contravenes the domestic violence act 2010 and penal code act which criminalises assault.
“His actions are detrimental to the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda and most especially to the safety and dignity of women,” Aciro told the press.
“We reject leaders who exhibit a negative mindset towards women and girls to remain in public office, they will continue to use their power and authority to abuse and disregard women and girls human rights and dignity,” UWONET said in a statement.
Activist and deputy spokesperson of The Democratic Alliance (TDA), Sheila Kawamara, says if Hon. Ronald Kibuule assaulted the female security officer, he should resign.
She said this is not the first time Kibuule has acted in such manner.
“He once publicly said men should rape women who are wearing short dresses.”
Mirundi defends him
Appearing on NBS Extra programme Tuesday morning, Presidential advisor on Media Matters, Tamale Mirundi, said Kibuule was right not to be checked by a woman.
“How do you let a woman check you? What if she touches a “dangerous spot”?”
Tamale said women can be malicious sometimes explaining that toilets are always separated to maintain privacy.
“I can’t enter a toilet being cleaned by a woman. What if she shouts that I have raped her? A woman can undress herself and set an alarm,” Mirundi reasoned.
Shortly after the incident, Stanbic Bank issued a statement apologising to the minister.
This was seen by most people, especially social media enthusiasts as ridiculous, bashing the bank for looking out only for their business interests at the cost of their employee.
Some people demanded that the minister be arrested and prosecuted in court for his actions like the case was with popular Congolese Lingala singer Koffi Olomidde who was arrested and charged for assaulting his female dancer.