Thursday, March 23, 2017

PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN IS POSSIBLE WITH COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION




 Prevention of violence against children is possible with the participation of the community and parents as primary actors. RWECO with support from the Children's Rights Violence Prevention Fund ( CRVP-FUND) piloted a one year project that ended in 2016 that with concrete evidence of what it takes by the parents participation in their children's education. That was evidenced when 8 out of the 15 participating  primary schools in Kasese district started providing mid day meals to the pupils. What was reported by the teachers wast that, pupils become more attentive in class, late coming after lunch reduced, concentration of learners and more girls finished the term as compared to when some initiatives were done like training the girls in local re-usable sanitary towels ( Nkaiga, Ibuga, Mundongo, St. John's Bukangara, Kitwamba S.D.A primary school teachers gave the testimony). With that evidence at hand, RWECO will continue with the project for the next three years with funding of Euros 329, 644/ from CRVP-Fund. An inception meeting for staff was held, a meeting with the Kasese District Education Department to brief the staff about the project was also held at which a refresher training of teachers from the participating schools was mooted. The D.E.O.'s office together with FAWE focal person and RWECO will conduct the one training per school in order to allow all the teachers in the school to participate. 

Meanwhile, RWECO held a round table meeting with Nyabaghole Agness  Asimawe Ithungu at her palace in Kampala given that the Kasese Palaca is out of reach. The round table meeting with the Queen was an entry point on how RWECO will continue working with the Nyabahgole Foundation -Embaale ya'Nyabaghole tailored at empowering the girl child.

Other activities  included:
 Orientation workshop for CRVP-Fund partners on parenting 
RWECO staff and CRVP-Fund partners at LandMark View Hotel, Muyenga-Kampala, 20-21st, March, 2017
About the project: Community Driven Approach to prevent violence against Children and adolescents in Kasese district, Rwenzori Region.
 
Problem statement
Violence against children in Kasese district is reported to be increasing because of:  conflicts and human rights violations, economic break down in families, Unemployment and high dependency on single bread winner, the existence of single parent households, increasing trends of polygamy, while structural violence as a result of state actions or inactions,
Peer pressure because of trying out new technologies, exposure to bad things including pornography.   Women’s lack of or limited capacity to economic resources is a recipe for violence in all forms and has been linked to violence against children in Kasese district, children are looked at as a household tools for economic empowerment thus being exploited, provide cheap labor in the informal sector, While in the pastoral communities, children fill the gap of adult males by taking on the role of grazing thus denying these young children education and sometimes health services.  At the fishing and salt mining areas, children are held up in the vicious cycle of violence are involved in drug abuse.
Long term out -come Enhanced Positive parenting practices at family and community levels and Creating violence free learning environment at school by 2019. By end of the three years ( 2017-2019) the project will have reached  3200 children ( 1920 girls, 1280 boys),  2400 adolescents ( 1600 girls, 800 boys) 1600 women, 1000 men, 32 community leaders and 35 government officials
Short term outcome Strengthened use of positive parenting practices at family level by 2019. The target for this outcome is, 32 model couples, 5 households per sub-county, 4 religious institutions, 1 cultural institution, Strengthened ,application of   community-driven approaches to prevent violence against children. The target for this outcome is 8 women and men groups each of 30 members ( 20f, 10m), Strengthened VAC prevention in 16 Schools with pupils, teachers and parents are participating in school programs.  The target for this outcome is 200 pupils, 10 teachers and  150 parents per school, RWECO and Partners capacity to deliver on their mandate strengthened
The project will be implemented by consortium members that is KALI, RIDE-AFRICA , RICNET , Good Hope Foundation for Rural Development and one partner Kasese Guide Radio.

RWECO Team:
Margret  Kidima

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Human reality of Kasese Attack on the Civilians ( royal guards)

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The recent clashes and Rwenzururu royal guards that started on 24th November 2016 in Kamabale, Karangura-Kabarole Districts reached its zenith on 27th November 2016 with the attack of the Rwenzururu King palace in Buhikira-Kasese Municipality.
within the four days, over 116 civilian (most of which kings royal guards) and 16 police officer, 136 civilians arrested according to official sources but the exact number of the victims who died may never be known.
At least 52 unidentified bodies of people killed on 27th Nov. attack at the kings palace buried Sunday 4th december 2016 at Kihara army barracks, Nyamwamba Division, Kasese Municipality.
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These victims have been talked about as just number but the video attached give the real human face to the conflict.

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The Kasese attack has been referred to as genocide,  massacre, armed conflict, attack on terrorists or militias, senseless murder and dehumanizing violence. The professional  Soliders Maj.Gen Mugisha(RTD) Muntu and Brig Kasirye Gwanga  have faulted the operation.Brig Kasirye  interview is below: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/UPDF---Kasese--killings--Ggwanga/688334-3473720-fjbgpiz/index.html 

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Allot will be written  about the facts and fiction of the Kasese attack http://allafrica.com/stories/201611300008.html ,   http://allafrica.com/stories/201611300139.html but the hearts of relatives remains bleeding and the orphans left behind with no care and support.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Clashes between Police and the royal guards of Rwenzururu Kingdom as Reported

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http://theugandan.com.ug/bukonzo-west-mp-narrates-dodged-bullets-fire-rwenzururu-palace-attack/

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Kasese/ Rwenzori Conflicts


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Rape claims spark fresh Rwenzori attacks

 Accessed on Saturday 17th September, 2016 from http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Rape-claims-spark-fresh-Rwenzori-attacks/688334-3383990-m9nq13/index.html 

The Preliminary police investigations into the cause of the renewed attacks in Rwenzori point to a tribal quarrel over an alleged ‘rape’ that turned bloody, leaving two policemen, four suspected attackers killed and several others injured
Saturday September 17 2016
The Preliminary police investigations into the cause of the renewed attacks in Rwenzori point to a tribal quarrel over an alleged ‘rape’ that turned bloody, leaving two policemen, four suspected attackers killed and several others injured
Saturday September 17 2016
Police patrol Kabonero Sub-county, Kabarole Police patrol Kabonero Sub-county, Kabarole District on Thursday. Photo by Felix Basiime

By Felix Basiime & Moris Mumbere
 
Kampala. Police authorities have blamed the death of six people in Rwenzori sub-region on a quarrel between a Mutooro boy who allegedly attempted to rape a Mukonzo girl at Butara B village in Kabonero sub county in Kabarole District on Tuesday.
The Preliminary police investigations into the cause of the renewed attacks in Rwenzori point to a tribal quarrel over an alleged ‘rape’ that turned bloody, leaving two policemen, four suspected attackers killed and several others injured.
The Rwenzori police spokesperson, Ms Lydia Tumushabe, told Saturday Monitor that the tension brewed when the Batooro, who had allegedly been assaulted, reported the matter to police who rushed to the area to arrest the suspects.
The suspects were arrested on suspicion that they had assaulted the rape suspect and others.
However, the Bakonzo in the area protested the arrests of their tribe mates and reportedly attacked a team of police officers in order to secure their release.
“The attackers were armed with two guns, spears and arrows and killed Assistant Inspector of Police Simon Peter Apire and police constable Salvario Ochema,” she said.
“The attackers also injured police officers Francisco Nsimaki, Benon Byaki and Ojok Polycarp,” Ms Tumushabe added.
She said the attackers were killed in self-defence, adding that those who had guns shot and injured Mr Ojok in the leg before they escaped.
Since Wednesday, a combined force of police and UPDF soldiers has been deployed in the area to restore calm as community policing is going.
Meanwhile, Rwenzururu Kingdom has refuted media reports labelling the Kabarole clashes as tribal clashes between Bakonzo and Batooro ethnic tribes.
According to a statement from the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu spokesperson, Mr Clearance Bwambale Mumbahya, “the cultural institution regrets the Tooro killings but denies reports that the killings originated from a tribal clash hatched by Bakonzo against Batooro”.
“The attackers represent no tribe and reports by the Rwenzori regional police spokesperson referring the issue as if the Bakonzo and Batooro are in tribal clashes should be withdrawn immediately,” Mr Bwambale said on Thursday.
Police accused
The institution further accused police of rushing to the media to comment on the matters without carrying out thorough investigations.
“How can a sexual affair turn tribal? Because according to information gathered from the Kabonero Sub-county chairperson in Kabarole District, Mr John Kyaligonza, the fight erupted from sexual affair on Idd day.”
“It is from this incident that the brawl escalated into a clash after the suspect was released from Nyakigumba police station,” he added.
The Kabarole Resident District Commissioner, Mr Steven Asiimwe claimed that the attackers were part of the armed group that attacked the region in July 2014 and March this year.
Mr Tumushabe said burial arrangements of the dead will depend on the programme of the bereaved families.
Calm restored
Serenity, has however, been restored in the area. The sub-region is a hotbed of ethnic and land conflicts.
Previously, police have blamed the attacks on security installations and internal clashes in Rwenzori sub-region on witchcraft and money that are believed to be fuelling the conflict.
editorial@ug.nationmedia.com
 

Friday, August 12, 2016

FOOT PEACE AMBASSADORS LAUNCHED IN THE RWENZORI REGION

Rwenzori Consortium for Civic Competence with support from the European Union Delegation in Uganda and Hivos have launched a project on Community action  prevent and manage  Conflict Conflict and Human rights violations in the Rwenzori region. Speaking during the training of  27 Foot Peace Ambassadors the District Police Commander of Bundibugyo SP Martin Tukahebwa noted

DPC Bundibugyo, SP Martin Tukahebwa address  participants
 " We lacked the foot peace ambassadors in the chain of ensuring peace in the Rwenzori region, now that RWECO has filled the gap, peace will once again be restored in the communities". Training of Foot Peace Ambassadors at Vanilla Hotel, Bundibugyo Town Council from 8th-9th August, 2016 by RWECO team ( RIDE AFRICA & RICNET)

Ms. Margarete Kabasinguzi facilitating a session on Communication with the FPA, Vanalla Hotel, 9th August, 2016

Group Photo for the FPA participants from Bundibugyo and Ntoroko Districts after the training at Vanilla Hotel, 9th August, 2016
Training of  20 Foot Peace Ambassadors from Kasese and Kamwenge Districts kicked off from 11th-12th August at Uhuru @ 50 Hotel, Kasese Municipality

FPA participants from Kasese and Kamwenge districts pose for a group photo after the training on 12th August, 2016 at      Uhuru @ 50 Hotel, Kasese Municipality.
In total 47 Foot Peace Ambassadors were trained in conflict analysis and prevention skills and thereafter, the FPA will use the skills to train members of their community based organisations in peace education and consensus building.  The FPA will use innovative methods to do peace education and will also mainstream other issues like Hiv/Aids, environment, poverty and gender concerns since these are also grounds for triggering conflicts in the communities.


RWECO Team
Margret Kidima
Jimmy B. Odyek
Isaac Sinamakosa
Jeff Bwambale
John M Silco
Charles Kaliba
Margarete Kabasinguzi 








Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kings Kamya, Mumbere call for peace

Kamya slammed the recent post-election violence in Bundibugyo and the entire Rwenzori sub-region that claimed scores of lives.
Thursday August 4 2016
By LONGINO MUHINDO & BY ENID NINSIIMA
BUNDIBUGYO/KASESE- The King of the Bwamba, Lt Col Martin Ayogi Kamya, has rebuked what he called people who circulate propaganda of hatred among communities in Bundibugyo District.
Mr Kamya was speaking during the launch of the Bible in Lubwisi at Christ School playground in Nyahuka Town Council, Bundibugyo District.
Meanwhile, in Kasese District, the Rwenzururu King, Omusinga Charles Mumbere, has urged residents not to blame government for the recent Rwenzori conflicts but instead blame their children.
“We should fault our own children who have accepted to be used by government to betray their fellow tribesmen,” Mumbere said at Peas Secondary School in Buhuhira Sub-county during his visit to the area.
He said Busongora North has faced several challenges because it is the stronghold of the kingdom where majority of the royal guards have been mistaken for ‘Kirumiramuthima’, a militia group that was allegedly involved in the killings that left more than 15 people dead, including police and soldiers in Kasese District.
Bamba-Babwisi community had no Bible in Lwamba-Lubwisi and have been using the Bible in Rutooro.
The Lubwisi Bible was facilitated by members of the Uganda Bible Society and World Harvest Mission (WHM).
Mr Kamya appealed to Bundibugyo residents to embrace peaceful co-existence and use the Bible as a weapon to fight poverty and tribal misunderstandings in the district.
He condemned the recent post-election violence in Bundibugyo and the entire Rwenzori sub-region that claimed scores of lives.
“I appeal to residents to embrace the Gospel, which preaches equality irrespective of religion, tribe, culture and political differences,” Mr Kamya said.
The Rev Elastimas Kisembo from Rwenzori Diocese said the Bible will help disseminate the word of God to his people.
editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

Accessed on Thursday 4th, August, 2016 from: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Kings-Kamya-Mumbere-call-for-peace/688334-3329298-nrsst4z/index.html 
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Parents take led in guiding their children at Kitswamba SDA primary


On 11th Monday 2016 Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa with support from RWECO organized a school open day or career day at Kitswamba SDA where over 400 parents, religious and local leaders attended.
The school started in 1962 by the Seventh Day Adventist church and became government aided in 1997, its run by the school management committee that has 13 members, parents Teachers Association 9 members , 13 (1f,12m) teaching staff and the pupils. The school’s population is 860 pupils (462 girls, 405 boys). Enrollment for girls is large however P.7 has only 17 girls and 23 boys this implies that most of the girls and boys too drop on the way for early pregnancies, early marriages and lack of basic needs like scholastic material and sanitary pads. Parents contribute 3000shs as development fund to the school and also agreed to pay for remedial classes. In 2015 PLE only 6 pupils were in division two out of 55. Reasons for poor performance the school administrators attribute to, inadequate classrooms, seats and understaffed, lack of lunch meals for pupils, lack of safe water the school uses swamp water which is not clean at all, lack of scholastic material, education not being first priority in the area, lack of payments for school dues, denial of time to revise at home, attending burials, marriages and cinema halls among others. Children presented poems and skits on VAC and its impacts and how they want a violence free community to achieve their goals. The pupils called on their parents to provide mid-day meals, basic needs and teachers to stop violating their rights, provide safe environment, be present at school and finish the syllabus.  
The day was organized for the teachers, parents and leaders both local and religious to interact and forge way forward in preventing violence against children and proper upbringing children for a better future. Parents were embraced and took lead in guiding children and fellow parents. These are some of the forms of violence in this community defilement, rape, early marriages, corporal punishments by teachers and parents and child labor. Amidst all these, children are still engaging in bad acts for instance one parent highlighted that there six girls in p.6 that have been coming to school in wrong hours waiting for boys and men, they have made this school a lodge and already one of them is pregnant. Therefore parents should be kin on the steps our children take for us to yield fruits in them.
The CDO Kitswamba sub/county argued parents to have commitment of educating their children, the mistrust in families where pockets are different affect children too. Let’s work together for a proper economic empowerment. Parents were guided to love and take good care for their children by providing basic needs like scholastic material, sanitary package always guiding them on issues of reproductive health, how to respect people, dress code limit their movements, guide them to fear God , talk about children roles and responsibilities and above all ensure there is food security in the household.


Compiled by
Ms. Margret Kidima