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The policy draft holds that effects of post war instabilities are much more devastating than atrocities committed during the war periods themselves
Speaking at the occasion, JLOS Secretariat, Margaret Ajok described this new policy as an overreaching government framework designed to address justice accountability and reconciliation needs of post conflict Uganda.
“The policy which is the first of its kind in Africa and the whole world provides a holistic intervention to achieving lasting peace in a country whose history has until recently been marred by constitutional and political instabilities,” she said.
Pre and post independent Ugandan has gone through periods of conflict including the 1996 Buganda Crisis, colonial rebellions, the Rwenzururu Insurrection, the 1970’s Amin regime, the Luweero triangle war, Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Lakwena, cattle wrestling in the north, ADF and LRA indulgencies among others.
Despite various attempts by government to address issues of accountability and reconciliation arising from these wars, there has been no overarching government policy to deal with post conflict situations.
Mrs. Ojok noted that the lack of such a holistic and coherent government policy and inadequate legal framework to deal with crime conflict situations has culminated into dissatisfaction with dissent justice systems among victims countrywide.
The policy draft emphasizes accountability and holding perpetrators accountable in a bid to promote confidence in the whole process. It also entails full public participation, gender sensitivity, truth telling inclusion of both formal and informal [traditional] justice systems.
The latter was much stressed by Irish ambassador to Uganda, Anne Webster for its effectiveness in speed and accessibility amongst communities.
She called upon the policy formulators, to clearly define the criminal jurisdiction of these traditional justice institutions in the policy frame work.
She further noted: “During the validation of the consultative report, we discussed on which crimes could and which crimes could not be handled through traditional justice mechanisms. The policy doesn’t bring clarity to this.”
“These need to be strengthened and capacitated to enhance compatibility with human rights principles. In reference to the policy, acting Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma rooted for the need to find local solutions to national issues adding that this would be more sustainable and relevant to communities.