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Domestic violence on increase in Ntungamo district

Ntungamo- Police in Ntungamo are holding a former Chairman of Uganda National Farmers’ Association (UNFA) Ntungamo branch and retired Headmaster John Soko Mugisha for allegedly beating and torturing his wife Jennifer Beriika and also neglecting his family.

The suspect was reported to the authorities and later police swung into action and arrested him from his home located in Rwamirindi 2 Village, Ruhega parish, Kayonza sub county Rushenyi- Ntungamo district.

Janeffer Beriika (52) who is also a teacher reported her husband to police that she was being mistreated and harassed badly by her hubby Mugisha John Soko (aged 64) by beating her every night with an intention of wanting her to free the home so that he can grab and sell all the properties they worked together plus a piece of land which she bought herself.

The complainant also accused her husband of failing to look after his children who also told police that their father intentionally refused to offer them parental care including paying school fees, medical care and all other necessities that a responsible parent should give to his/her children.

The Ntungamo district Police Officer in charge of family affairs & Children Protection Unit Sgt. Mathias Mubangizi said they’re still investigating the matter where the suspect is charged with domestic violence and other family related cases.

According to the District probation officer Mugume Benon ,  there has been a sharp increase of domestic violence where 748 cases were registered in 2019 and out of the total 107 cases were prosecuted in courts of law and in between Jan and August 2020, 400 cases were registered where only 60 cases were prosecuted.

Mugume attributed the vice to poverty where the couples are competing over the scarce resources for survival thus fighting each other.



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