In what Breitbart called “an odd twist,” Ugandan Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has acted on news that Ugandan domestic violence is equally likely to be perpetrated by wives as husbands by issuing a statement to the women of Uganda. He admonished wives to stop beating their husbands, saying they “should love and respect them” rather than hitting them.
Things may have turned out better for Ugandan men had the Archbishop stopped there, but he continued, making the worst possible misstep. We’re not making this up.
Do you want to take over power from men in your families? I think you want to challenge God who tells us that men are the heads of the family. Stop torturing the innocent servants of God. There is no need for you to behave like some people we are seeing nowadays in the country who are merciless.
As this statement was televised, men around the city of Kampala were leaving work, and were able to see it spoken on lobby monitors. They were seen to immediately turn around and return to their offices, perhaps to sleep there for the night. Those who had stopped by lounges and bars also caught the announcement on the bar screens, and stared open-mouthed as the bishop criticized their wives, some dropping their beers and cocktails on the floor. The sound of breaking tumblers and pilsner glasses was deafening, and almost drowned out the sound of cursing.