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Kampala rallies for equality and protection of women’s rights

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Women's March Kampala

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Dozens of women converged at Hilltop Gardens, Naguru on Saturday morning in solidarity with their counterparts across the globe on the day of the “Women’s March”, which is a movement to push for equality and protection of women’s rights. Although there was no march in Kampala, the event still provided a space for women to share about issues that affect them and speak out against violence against women and other minority groups.

“We believe failure to provide reproductive and maternal health services is tantamount to violence against women and girls in Uganda,” said Ms. Robina Biteyi, the National Coordinator White Ribbon Alliance as she addressed the gathering. “But to provide quality healthcare we must first know what quality means to women and girls. We therefore urge women to speak out on what they want so that their voice can reach decision makers so as to improve women and girls health and rights.”

The Women’s March was first held in January 2017 in the US and millions across the globe also joined in to show their support for women and girls, human rights, and social and economic justice. The annual marches were initiated by women in the US standing together for the rights of women and other minority groups.

In Uganda, it is organised by women volunteers with support from well-wishers. This year’s edition was focused on how media can change the narrative in ending violence against women.

Rosebell Kagumire, a journalist and communications strategist, criticized the media for failing to properly tell stories of women victims who have been violated sexually or otherwise. “We need to listen to voices of victims and give them the support they need, whether they want to speak now or not. Media has to be open to give chance to victims to tell their story, and given without precondition of how their story will be shaped.” She noted.

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Akuze the witch doctor who sued Kadaga is a mad man – Relative reveals

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Recently a man from Kumuli district came out with strong allegations of the speaker of parliament owing him about 200 million shillings. Akuze claimed to have administered charm that has kept Kadaga in powerful political positions and furthering her career. He further alleged that the speaker approached him in 1990 and has never paid a single penny, reason the amount accumulated to 200 million shillings. The speaker has since refuted allegations.

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Akuze was born Damian Akuze and is a resident of Buwala in Kamuli district and has 8 children whose mother died. According to residents he has never been known as a witchdoctor but rather a mad man. “A few years ago, he was haunted by family spirits compelling him to to run mad. We have always known him as insane in the family. He is fine and the next moment he is running on the street” a close family member revealed.

The relative also added that years earlier Akuze was suspected to have participated in the murder of his younger brother but could not be persecuted because he was known as a mad man.

Akuze’s house in Kamuli

“His allegations of helping to keep Kadaga in power are baseless and should be ignored completely” he concluded.

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Development Channel sponsors release of long held prisoners in Africa

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The justice system in Africa is undoubtedly one of the worst in the world only catering to the rich and powerful. Africa’s high level corruption is most evident in its inhuman justice system where you are arrested and incarcerated mostly because you are poor and cannot give money to the police or the magistrates after being arraigned for mostly fictitious charges with absolutely no evidence.

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Development Channel as part of its Global Defender initiative embarked on sponsored project justice which was designed to help release from prisons, persons who had been wrongly held, lack assistance with bail conditions or simply needed legal representation. Hundreds of African lawyers were retained to embark on this task and the mission proved not only successful but highly insightful.

Some of the most painful stories captured from the released prisoners include a young man who was arrested by a patrol van walking down his street and found himself in prison for 4 years without any charges until the Development Channel project released him. Another was a woman who had been in prison for 5 years simply because of a verbal misunderstanding with a friend whose boyfriend is a police officer.

Development Channel hopes to continue Global Defender’s project justice despite the enormous resources it takes from the organization.

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Photos: Gulu-Kitgum highway completion breathes hope to residents

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Residents of Gulu, Pader, Acholibur, Olwiyo and Kitgum have lived for years without a convenient access road and connection to other areas, including but not limited to markets and health centres but that will now be a story of the past.

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There is a breeze of hope that has swept the Acholi region with the completion of the 100KM stretch of the Gulu-Kitgum highway.

The new development has geared residents with high hopes of boosting business as access to market has now been easied.

Talking to the area Member of Parliament for Kitgum Beatrice Anwar the new road infrastructure has already attracted two new investors in the district and that translates to job creation for the natives.

“Our lives are not on the lifeline as before. We have been tomented by Kony, hunger and poverty before but clearly we are fightig and have over come some of those like Kony. We are progressing steadily. And now the new road has further given more hope” one resident Richard revealed to the website.

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