New documentation manual to aid reporting of political violence cases

By Alice Lubwama

The African center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims has launched a documentation tool that will guide victims of torture to report their experiences and health consequences to the authorities during and after the elections.

The head of programs at the center Esther Nabwire says although this particular election period has been very volatile and tense ,the center has received only 20 cases of political violence since September last year to date yet they are many out there.

She adds that the awareness campaign they have launched will encourage the public to report the torture cases so that they can be helped to access justice.

She also says that because of limited awareness coupled with fear of the consequences a number of torture cases have gone unreported.

Nabwire now says that the center is prepared to support the victims as they expect the cases of torture to spike.

“We want to be prepared as an organization so that our professionals are available to provide the services to Ugandans.” Nabwire said .

IGP Ochola warns against violence before and after elections

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has revealed that even though there is no specific threat to the country,they have heard several candidates who are threatening violence during the upcoming elections.

Addressing journalists, at a joint security meeting at police headquarters Naguru, Ochola warned politicians against any attempt to cause violence during all even after general election.

IGP Ochola noted that they have prepared various joint inter agency security task teams which were set up to ensure that the elections are conducted in a peaceful manner without violence.

He further warned that whoever wishes to participate in any acts of violence after the 14th general election that they will regret the consequences.

Police, OPM , Minister of Kampala to probe claimants

By Robert Segawa

The police management, office of prime minister together with minister of Kampala have embarked on a probe into those who were wounded and killed by stray bullets shot during violent protests started by NUP supporters demanding immediate release of Robert Kyagulanyi when he was arrested in Luuka district.

The probe comes hours after President Museveni said that government was going to compensate those who were hit by stray bullets yet were not part of the protests.

While addressing the journalists in Kampala police spokesman Fred Enanga said that the OPM, Kampala officials are working to establish a full list of contacts of those victims and will soon be released to the public.

He however added that the forensic team had collected several bullet cartridge from the crime scene for further examination.

Meanwhile the inspector general of police Martin’s Okoth Ochola has issued a new circular on use of live ammunition by police.

Angry woman throws own twins in the stream

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kitgum has arrested 30 years old woman for allegedly throwing her 8 months old twins in a stream, blaming her husband for not buying meat on independence day.

The Suspect has been identified as Lillian Oyera resident of Labong Amida village a wife to a one Kenneth Ocwo who failed to buy meat on independence day which angered a woman and decided to kill the children.

According to police spokesman Fred Enanga the angry woman also burnt several house hold properties like utensils, Beds , clothes before throwing the twins in the stream.

Enanga adds that one of the infant Ocen Fred has luckily been recovered live by police and local divers, but other twin Apio Jennifer was found dead.

Security heads called to train their officers in human rights observance

By Alice Lubwama

The African center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victim has called upon heads of security agents mainly Uganda Police and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces to ensure that their officers are trained in human rights observance as a way of reducing the cases of violence leading to torture, as the country approaches the next election.

Addressing the media in Kampala today the program officer center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims Kagoye Alex, said that the cases of torture victims tend to rise during the election period as was evidenced in the recently concluded NRM primaries calling for protection of Ugandans to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

The center also urged the security agents to further investigate the errant officers and ensure that they are prosecuted individually as perpetrators of torture.

Kagoye said that although the prevention and prohibition of the torture act was enacted eight years ago, they are yet to see individuals prosecuted especially security officers who are the main perpetrators of torture.

“But we are glad that there cases of individual cases of security officers in court like in the case of honorable Zaake where individuals will be held accountable,” Kagoye said.

The organization also wants the electoral commission to invest in civic empowerment about the roles and responsibilities during after the election period to reduce to reduce on the possible cases of violence leading to torture.

They further urge Government to respect the decision of the constitution court on the public order management act and facilitate freedom of peaceful assembly in addition to complying with its state obligations under the African charter and other regional and international human rights instruments.

The chief executive officer African center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims Samuel Herbert Nsubuga appealed to the president to appoint the chairperson of the human rights commission, saying that since the demise of the late chairperson Maddie Kagwa the tribunals cannot sit to handle the cases of torture.

UPDF warns public to desist from violence in this political season

By Moses Kidandi

The spokesperson of the UPDF Brig. Flavia Byekwaso is urging Ugandans to desist from being pulled into involved in acts of violence during elections.

Addressing journalists in Kampala today, Brig. Byekwaso sighted the massive violence which marred the NRM primaries in different parts of the country adding that such acts sometimes can degenerate into a deadly situation.

She further asks politicians not to force their ideologies on electorates who seem to have divergent views as this is the only way the country will have peaceful elections.Truck Violence.Eng&Lug.

In another development, she confirmed that Mr.Moses Nkonge Kibalama has been arrested for safety since his life was under threat from unknown people.

Moses Nkonge Kibalama became famous after he pronounced allowing Hon. Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi to become NUP’s presidential flag bearer in the coming elections which party he has fully owned for long.

Police officer accidentally shoots self

By Robert Segawa

A female police officer has accidentally shot her left leg ankle during an operation in which they were handling violet youth.

Police Constable Betty Achom attached Kawempe police station got the accident in Lufula Bwaise II ward.

According to Kampala metropolitan police spokesman Patrick Onyango , PC Betty Achom had loaded her gun and the bullet in chamber ,She accidentally touched the trigger thus shuttering her left ankle.

Onyango adds that PC Achom is currently receiving treatment at Mulago Hospital.

He also said that due to chaos in Lufula Bwaise II ward, elections were called off.

Onyango said that the youth election exercise was generally peaceful except for minor incidents of violence in some areas such as Mpererwe, Bwaise, Kisowera, Kawempe, Kyebando Nsoba, Kazo, Katabi, Bweyogere, Kiira, Kyaliwajjala and Kireka.

Congolese national sent to jail for threatening violence

By Sania Babirye

A female Congolese national has been sent on remand at Kigo government prison on charges of threatening violence after he attempted to kill her neighbor.

Zena Shamim a resident of Kisaasi Dungu zone has appeared before City Hall grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise and pleaded not guilty to the said offense.

Court heard that the accused on June 29th 2020 at Bukoto Nakawa division in Kampala with intent to intimidate or annoy Pauline Kabonesa threatened to kill her.

She has been remanded until the 17th of August 2020 for trial.

Tadwong warns NRM candidates against violence

By Deo Wasswa

The National Resistance movement deputy Secretary general, Richard Tadwong has warned all candidates who wish to compete for different positions in the forth coming party primaries to desist from causing violence.

While handing over the NRM National membership register to the NRM electoral commission deputy chairperson Sam Kijagi, Tadwong noted that the party will not tolerate violent candidates adding that they will be disqualified.

He has also cautioned the NRM party staff also to desist from involving in any activity that may endanger candidates.

The National Resistance movement register has 11.9 million voters out of 17.2 million voters in the country.

Tadwong noted that with the register this marks the beginning of serious activities of the party a head of internal election.

It’s allegedly that the NRM party had lost its register since 2016 when Amama Mbazi left the party, however Tadwong noted that this is false information , the party has been having the register.


Museveni says violence against women and girls is cowardice

By Daudi Zirimala

President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his support for the United Nations and European Union’s Spotlight Initiative aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls by 2030, describing violence against women and girls as an act of cowardice and criminal.

He says Government has put in place the necessary legal framework and remedies to gender-based violence including ensuring women empowerment.

The President was speaking during a meeting he held with a delegation of Envoys of the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) at State House, Entebbe where he informed the delegation that by introducing universal education and women empowerment programmes, women are able to make their own independent decisions.