Various Civil Society Organisations have vowed to reach out to various Government bodies and agencies to discuss all matters concerning the observance of human rights and devise means to have non-complying individuals held accountable for any acts of human rights abuse they perpetrate.
In a joint press briefing held at the Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG) offices in Ntinda, Civil Society representatives noted that during the recently concluded electoral period, several Ugandans lost their lives while others ended up in jail over political related offences, cases that should be followed up.
“There is need for all people to make their leaders accountable by asking them what they have done to end arbitrary arrests as well as sensitizing people about their constitutional rights,” Godber Tumushabe from Great lakes Institute for Strategic studies said.
He pointed out that by the help of numerous media outlets they have been able to follow up victims of abductions and arrests who have not been tried in courts of law, through supporting them both morally and financially.
“We are going to have more engagements with Parliament and the Judiciary to find a way forward on how to promote human rights observance in the country. The Judiciary, through the Chief Justice, has been silent about a number of events happening in the country yet it’s very clear that he is the fourth authority as far as the chain of command in this country is concerned,” Tumushabe said.
Eunice Musiime from Akina Mama wa Africa asked people to always work in solidarity whenever they experience acts of human rights violation “because today it might be somebody else suffering but tomorrow it may be you.”
“An attack on one of us is an attack to all of us,” Musiime said.
Sarah Bireete, the Executive Director Center for Constitutional Governance called upon the newly elected president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, to bring to book the people under him who have continuously failed to respect the rule of law and constitutionalism.
“The President has been re-elected , he has a duty to protect those that voted him as well as those that didn’t,” Bireete said.
These based their submissions on various arrests of some of the supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) who were later on slapped with numerous charges before the civil and military courts.