Women

“I cannot apologise for what I already said”

The Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, expressed her disappointment regarding an article published in a newspaper today. Dr Luveni told Newswire the newspaper had misinterpreted her comments and disregarded other issues she spoke about at the event in Nasinu. LUVENI: “They need to go and interview the women that were there. It is only the media […]

Staff Writers

May 19, 2016 9:00 am

The Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, expressed her disappointment regarding an article published in a newspaper today.

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Dr Luveni told Newswire the newspaper had misinterpreted her comments and disregarded other issues she spoke about at the event in Nasinu.

LUVENI: “They need to go and interview the women that were there. It is only the media that can blow things out of proportion, and media will pick on something like this.”

Dr Luveni’s statements were made while speaking on the issue of violence against women and children to teachers at Rishikul Sanatan College during their weekly professional development talks.

LUVENI: “Sometimes we need to look at the situation we are in. We need to strengthen our husband and wife relationship so there is love between the two. Sharing responsibilities so that they will live in a harmonious relationship and it wouldnt lead to violence because of that relationship. I was speaking to women and that is the context I was coming from.”

“If I give a half an hour speech and not considering the other issues that I actually spoke on that led to this and to also consider the audience that was predonimately women.”

FWCC Coordinator Shamima Ali said in a statement today that the women deserve an apology from the Speaker.

ALI: ” The women of this country who have died and those who struggle daily to survive domestic violence deserve an apology from the Speaker of Parliament for blaming them for the violence inflicted upon them and demeaning the experiences of survivors and victims.”

In response, Dr Luveni said she would not apologise.

LUVENI: “No, I cannot apologise for what I already said but I said it in good faith. There was no negative comments at the end of the presentation because it was given in the context of the situation. My genuine wish is to protect women.”

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