NEBBI. Local leaders in Nebbi district have been urged to commit themselves to fight gender-based violence (GBV) which has persisted in the district despite numerous interventions.

While addressing district leaders during a GBV shelter coalition meeting organised by Action Aid Nebbi at Gaf conference hall in Nebbi town on Friday, the Resident State Attorney (RSA) Ms Jackline Bako revealed that Nebbi magistrate court is overwhelmed with GBV cases which clearly shows that the leaders are doing little in handling the cases at community level.

“Most times the responsible actors who handle GBV cases in the community tend to be biased due to the issues of gender equality hence forcing most of the affected parties to run to courts of law to seek for redress,” she said.

Bako said in some instances while handling GBV cases, the victims are charged exorbitant fines ranging from goats to cows so that their cases can be handled, an act she said is against the law.

Ms Grace Owonda, the chairperson Nebbi GBV coalition said they have come up with solid actions to improve on GBV awareness in the community by engaging every stakeholder in the fight against the vice.

She said as a district, GBV is real in the society, adding that it calls for the concerted effort of all the actors to join hands in the fight against it.

Meanwhile, Mr Christopher Omara, the Nebbi resident district commissioner (RDC) called for a community-based approach while handling GBV cases in communities.

He urged civil society organizations, religious leaders, cultural leaders and partners to work hand in hand with district officials to fight GBV which will very soon become a security threat to communities if not properly handled.

According to Mr Bernard Mugerwa, the Nebbi district police commander, in the last three months, they registered a total of 62 GBV cases with 44 pending, 5 referred and 2 convicted.

He said there is a need for massive community sensitization as GBV cases are on increase with most of the victims being women.