The National Resistance Movement Caucus is due to convene and discuss the marriage and divorce bill to ensure a careful analysis and guided debate between members, before it is passed into law, President Yoweri Museveni has announced.
The President revealed this on Friday while officiating over the International Women’s day celebrations in Nakasongola District under the theme “Gender agenda, connecting grass root women to development.”
He noted that some of the provisions of the bill if not thought out well, may cause disharmony in society adding that they require careful analysis from the perspective of a liberated society. He revealed that equality between men and women before God and in society was an ideology highly respected by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) right from the period of the liberation struggle.
He criticized men who resort to domestic violence as a means of settling family disagreements describing it as a back word practice employed by cowards.
“Men who still batter their wives are not true movement supporters” he added.
He explained that men and women have different roles but are equal and have equal brains adding that even in matters of endurance some women may persist better than men.
Addressing development, President Museveni expressed satisfaction over the improving road network country wide, calling on Ugandans to exercise patience as other needs are addressed.
He also urged the people of Nakasongola to engage in income generating activities since they are living freely in their region and able to speak their language at will.
The Minister for Labour, Gender and Social Development Hon. John Nassasira hailed the NRM government for its effort to transform women at grassroots levels especially through empowerment of special interest groups.
He noted that the enactment of various laws and policies geared towards promoting the rights of women and children have played a fundamental role in achieving the development millennium goals in women related affairs.
Several leaders were awarded medals in accordance with the national honors and awards Act for their outstanding service and royalty. Some of the leaders awarded medals included the Sabaluuli Mwasansozi Mwogeza Butamanya on behalf of the cultural leaders.
Outstanding women achievers including the Hon. Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Rt. Hon. Speaker of the East African Parliament Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, the First Lady Kataha Museveni in absentia, former Vice President Specioza Wandera Kazibwe, Hon Salam Musumba (FDC) LCV chairperson for Kamuli, MP Nabbira Naggayi Sempala (FDC) and Rhoda Kalema among others were also awarded medals.
In attendance was a delegation of Members of Parliament from Namibia, a delegation from Australia, religious leaders, cultural leaders and Members of Parliament.
During the week several activities were conducted to mark the day in Nakasongola region including male circumcision, youth sensitization, cancer screening and training seminars on women’s land rights.