MOYO. A veteran radio presenter in Moyo district is nursing burns after his wife, Ms Ms Susan Akello, the Moyo district information officer (DIO) poured hot water almost dismembering him.
Mr Patrick Piwang, who has worked with several radio stations across West Nile region is now recovering from his village in Celecelea East, Moyo town council.
Piwang said the incident is as a result of a disagreement between him and his wife over children.
Akello, however, accepted having burnt Piwang, saying she acted in self-defence.
According to Piwang, the cause of the violence was when the children were stopped by their ground mother from bathing in an unfinished house, a decision that didn’t go well with Akello.
Piwang said as he attempted to settle the matter on a round table, his wife instead become hostile to the extent of pouring him hot water on him.
The presenter who revealed that he is diabetic and suffering from cancer, fears that he is now living on a borrowed life.
“And you know some of us are diabetic and cancerous. I really don’t know if I’m going to live because of my current conditions, maybe I’m now leaving on borrowed life,” Piwang painfully said.
He continued: “But I think this is something which she might have planned sometime back because of recent she has developed bad behaviour of quarrelling often in the house”.
However, Akello said the incident happened when Piwang started following her as she was coming out of the room where they were quarrelling from.
The two have been living together since 2011 and have a 7-year-old son.
The Moyo district criminal investigations officer (CID) Mr Paddy Mwebaze said the case was registered and investigations into the matter has already commenced.
But the incident has drawn criticism from the Moyo district leadership who said their effort towards fighting gender-based violence may be undermined if public officers continue to be agents of violence.
Moyo district chairman Mr Williams Anyama condemned the act of the public officer whom he said is supposed to be exemplary. He said there are several platforms of resolving conflict other than resorting to violence.
Anyama said the district authorities may not have moral authority to speak to the communities on the dangers of domestic violent.
The Uganda police had by 16th April 2020 recorded 328 cases of domestic violence since the COVID-19 lockdown. This means that the lockdown has had an impact on the rate of gender based violence.