A new survey by Afro-barometer has revealed that an overwhelming majority of Ugandans say wife-beating is never justified.
According to the survey, more than eight in 10 Ugandans (82%) say it is “never” justified for men to beat their wives.
“Opposition to wife-beating is high among both men and women, in rural as well as urban areas, in all age groups and regions, and at all education levels,” the survey notes.
The Afro-barometer team in Uganda, led by Hatchile Consult Ltd, interviewed 1,200 adult Ugandans in December 2016 and January 2017.
The margin of error is +/-3% at a 95% confidence level.
The survey comes two weeks after President Museveni referred to men who beat their wives as “cowards.”
However it also comes after an MP, Onesmus Twinamatsiko controversially supported the act of men beating their wives.
The MP apologised for his remarks last weekAfro-barometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in Africa.
Six rounds of surveys were conducted in up to 37 Africans countries between 1999 and 2016, and Round 7 surveys (2016/2018) are currently underway.
Afro-barometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples.