By Phillip Aguta
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura has tasked Police bosses in Africa to use their positions as law enforcers to end violence against women.
Kayihura says that most governments in Africa have left the fight of violation against women to NGOs with minimal impact being created.
He was speaking to security agencies from about 50 African countries while taking over chairmanship of the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) in Kampala on Monday.
Six years ago in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, security organs from over 50 African countries agreed to end violence against women.
The campaign, code named, “Kigali International conference declaration” reiterates the importance of security organs in law enforcement, and at the same time, cautions them against violence meted on women.
The campaign urges security agencies in Africa to harmonize laws and policies; standardize training for security personnel, recruit and deploy female officers in security, and share data on sexual based crime across Africa.
Kayihura also urged security chiefs in Africa to accurately investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of violence against women.
To effectively end violence against women, Kayihura says African governments need to offer more support to back the efforts by security agencies.
The state minister for internal affairs,Obiga Mario Kania, urged the security organs to develop a positive attitude towards the role given to them, and to take the lead in ending violence against women.
The two-day conference comes just two days to the International Women’s Day.
Gen. Kayihura has taken over the chairmanship of KICD from the police boss of Algeria, Ferragh Ali.