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.

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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.

Safeboda champions campaign against gender based violence

By Deo Wasswa

His excellence the ambassador of Sweden in Uganda Per Lindgarde has urged Uganda government to fast track the passing of all pending bills that are meant to protect women and girls from all forms or violence.

The ambassador cited bills like sexual offense, sexual harassment regulations and marriage bill.

Lindgarde was speaking during a dialogue where Kampala City Council Authority and UN women engaged safe Boda riders in Kampala on supporting safe cities and public spaces for women and girls.

This was part of activities to mark 16 days of activism against the gender based violence.

At the same event, officer Caroline Kushemereirwa head of family and children protection unit in Kampala extra encouraged boda boda riders to stop giving lifts to young girls and women for their self interests.

Police deploys heavily at Wandegeya market to avert possible violence

By Alice Lubwama

Police has deployed heavily at Wandegeya market to avert possible violence that may occur as a result of protest against an interim the management of the market.

This came about after the former executive that was managing the market headed by Hajji maweje Mutesasira stormed the market demanding the interim executive chaired by Gitta Jonathan to vacate the market and allow the vendors to elect the leaders of their own choice.

The vendors headed by Mutesasira claim that the interim executive appointed by the former executive director Kampala capital city authority Jenifer Musisi is overdue and has ma Muteesasira’s group are demanding for immediate election instead of KCCA imposing on them someone they don’t want.

The vendors are complaining about exorbitant rental fees for stalls from what was set by KCCA. They say they are charged between 25000 shillings to 40000 shillings instead of the fees by KCCA of 65000 shillings.

The interim committee was supposed to work for a period of one year but up to now it is still in office. Both Gita Jonathan the interim executive and the former executive
chairman Mutesasira Maweje have been taken to Wandegeya police to record the statements on the matter.

Wandegeya market was constructed under the market and agriculture trade improvement project.

Child rights activists unite to end violence against children

By Edwin Muhumuza

Six of Uganda’s leading child rights organizations on Tuesday launched a joint operation dubbed “Joining Forces” aimed at fast tracking progress on ending violence against children.

Child Fund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Childrens’ villages, Terre des Hommes and World Vision have come together to collaborate on initiatives to create child-led solutions through empowering children to understand how to tackle challenges within their communities .

Brechtje Van Lith ,Country Director, Save The Children said, ‘We really want to make sure that children s’ voices are being heard. The national child participation strategy is so important in that respect. It really acknowledges that children should be involved in the mechanisms of both designing and implementing policies.’

The national survey released this year by the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development with support from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) revealed shocking statistics, indicating that most children have experienced physical violence and more than 90% experienced multiple incidents. Also that violence is wide spread in schools.

As the national survey was released, we once more see how critical issues are of ending violence. We felt that this was a good moment to give it an extra push, to give it more attention and be more  on top of these stake holders to play their part’. Brechtje added.

Olive Lumonya, National Director of the SOS Children Villages notes that these kinds of huge numbers mean a call to action. This would entail working with all existing local government systems and structures to create awareness and more impact.

Linnet Awor, Program Manager, Terres de Hommes said ‘we are one of the six international organizations promoting child protection in Uganda. We are doing this even globally at international level. We decided to join forces at national level.’

This rare event seemingly goes to tell the extent of violence against children and the urgency that it requires.

We are in-putting into the national legal processes whereby we are contributing towards the development of the human sacrifice bill,the childrens act…right now we are doing a countrywide assessment on children rights and we will be working with government especially in regard to the upcoming reporting that countries do on child rights,’Awor reveals.

In 2017,the CEO’s of the worlds six leading child-focused NGOs met and decided to accelerate progress on achieving sustainable Development Goals for children. Focusing on tow key projects;(i)-ending violence against children-a national-level effort in five pilot countries, including Uganda to increase the programme impact and contribute to SDG 16. In Uganda they focused on ending violence against children in schools.(ii)-Child Rights Now!;a national and international advocacy push in up to 20 countries to renew political commitment to children’s rights through implementation of the SDG’s and support for the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

The Joining Forces coalition is piloting an initiative called Plan Z, which creates child-led solutions to help end violence against children. Through this process children in the Plan Z pilot identified the issue of child kidnap for ritual purposes, ransom and murder as one of the worst abuses against children.

Majority inmates in prison because of sexual and gender violence -Byamukama

By Robert Segawa

The president of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Mr Nathan Byamukama has said 60 percent of the number of inmates in Prisons around the country are detained on  charges of sexual and gender based violence.

Mr Byamukama said the increasing number of inmates on gender based related cases stems from low conviction by the Judiciary in Uganda. He adds that because of the poor laws in place you find lack of evidence in such cases leads to case backlogs in the courts of law making victims and witnesses loosing interest in the cases leading to prisoners in sexual and gender based cases spending more time in the prisons awaiting hearing.

Byamukama made the remarks during a one day training regional training facility on prevention and suppression of sexual and gender based violence in the great lakes region held in Munyonyo.

Bobi Wine charged with inciting violence

By Robert Segawa

Kyadondo East Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine has appeared before Officer in charge of CID central police station amidst  praise chants from his supporters.
Robert Kyagulanyi arrived at Central Police Station at 1 pm accompanied by leader of opposition Winnie Kizza, Hon Namayanja Florence, Hon Zake together with other members of parliament.

Hon Kyagulanyi was summoned to appear before OC CID Joshua Tusingwire through speaker of parliament to appear today on charges of illegal assembly and inciting violence.

Last week Kyagulanyi and other activists stormed Kampala street’s protesting against taxes on social media and mobile money.