MOYO. Local leaders in Moyo district have expressed concern over the increasing cases of sexual gender based violence (SGBV) among refugees and the host community of Itula Sub County.

Reports indicate that cases of defilement, rape and child to child sexual intercourse are worryingly on increase in Itula Sub County.

As a result, different stakeholders have come out to ask government and different refugee agencies to find a lasting solution to the problem before it escalates in the long run.

Ms Martina Azireyo, the Moyo district secretary for gender and community base services noted that children and women in the area have been sexually and physical abused yet they are vulnerable and needed protection.

She attributed the rise of gender based violence in the area to constant night discos, excessive and unregulated alcohol consumption.

Azireyo observed that the act has exposed the victims to early pregnancies and marriage, poor performance in schools, school dropout and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV among other risks.

Ms Azireyo appealed to the district and sub county authorities to consider suspending night discos to reduce the rate of SGBV in the area.

 A group of womenA group of women carrying placards denouncing SGBV against women.

According to reports released by Lutheran world federation (LWF), the lead partner in implementing refugee activities in Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo district, at least 20 cases of rape and defilement have been reported in the second quarter of the year 2018.

When contacted on telephone, Mr Ali Lumure, the Itula sub county chairperson said they have formulated a bye-law to address some of the current issues that are leading to SGBV.

He added that the district local government in partnership with other development agencies are now working hard to minimize the vice.

Ms Lillian Masia, the chairperson women caucus said the constitution provides for the protection of children’s rights and urged people violating their rights to be apprehended and severely punished.

Similarly, Mr Peter Kenyi, the secretary refugee welfare council remarked that as refugee leaders, they have also come up with a bye-law seeking to address issues related to sexual gender based violence which he says will be implemented alongside that of the sub county.