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Men abandon their uncircumcised wives

05 February 2015, 10:33 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Eleven women who had been abandoned by their husbands because they were not circumcised were arrested while undergoing the cut to appease their estranged lovers.

They were later sentenced to four to seven years of imprisonment, but pleaded for mercy from President Museveni who directed that they be released.

Magistrate’s court in Kapchorwa district however defied the President’s directive to release the women.

Kapchorwa is one of the districts in north eastern Uganda where female genital mutilation is still being practiced.

The Resident District Commisioner of Kapchorwa, Jane Francis Kuka on Wednesday said: ''After being directed by the President, I wrote to the court's officials but they defied the directive saying the President has no powers to direct them.''

The court reportedly told the commissioner to write to the chief justice over the matter as directed by the President.

"The 11 suspects were arrested on grounds that they were found practicing female genital mutilation after their husbands had abandoned them," Kuka said.

Some of those arrested are in prison with their babies.

''The matter looks in public eye as if the President wants to violate the FGM Act which he signed as a law in 2009,'' said local leader, Dan Chesang.

In 2009, the Ugandan Parliament passed a law banning female genital mutilation.

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