Election 2016

Sebutinde Warns on Electoral Violence in Uganda

Justice Julia Sebutinde speaking as chief guest during the

opening of Women Situation Room at Sheraton Hotel on Monday (COURTESY)

At least one person died and 19 others sustained injuries in fatal clashes between security forces and Dr Kizza Besigye’s supporters in Kampala on Monday, pill http://coogomezplata.com/components/com_k2/views/item/tmpl/item_comments_form.php police have announced.

The injured include a police woman who was stoned by Besigye’s supporters at Wandegeya roundabout.

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He said police recorded one death “whose cause has not been established yet”.

The deceased, whose body was found lying on Kampala-Wandegeya road, has since been identified as Daniel Nsubuga.

It is understood police detectives are probing circumstances under which Nsubuga died.

Enanga said at least 22 male suspects were arrested as part of the wider investigation into the clashes.

Besigye was on Monday evening transported back to his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District.

Enanga said Police have a “duty to protect the safety of the public, together with the right to protect themselves, and had to act accordingly, given the intensity of the attacks they faced from an emerging crowd of rowdy protesters.”

He confirmed that the situation was contained and that calm and normalcy returned to the suburbs of Wandegeya, and the wider Kampala City.

“With one more day of campaigns, we shall continue securing the electoral environment, free from abuse for all voters, candidates, and the general public,” said Enanga.
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Following Monday’s mayhem on the streets of Kampala in which at least one person was killed and dozens in injured and arrested, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces this morning reassured the country of maximum security and vowed to throw its weight on the exercise if things don’t stabilize fast.

The army’s Military Police has already been deployed alongside anti-riot police to dispel the purportedly opposition geared unrest.

The UPDF’s Political Commissar Col Felix Kulaigye defended the army’s prospective involvement in the coming election, saying that this is enshrined in the laws of the country.

And while UPDF’s primary role is to defend the country’s borders against foreign threats, Col Kulaigye stated that restoring internal order also falls under the their docket.

“Police’s main role is to maintain law and order. But this order has to exist first to be maintained and it is us who create it,” Kulaigye said on televised talk show on Tuesday.

“If we feel that this order is threatened or compromised, then the army has to come and restore it.”

One such element that threatens order, Kulayigye argued, is the street protests and civil uprisings.

On the UPDF’s visibility on the city streets, the Colonel stressed that this is not aimed at intimating voters and the rest of Ugandans, but to reassure them that they will be protested at all times.

“Our work is not just quelling violence but also preventing it. Once we start hearing of the innuendos and threats about violence and defiance, then we have to come out and show that we are here and ready to do our work.”

Besides, he added, Ugandans are not threatened at the sight of men in uniform, but feel confident having them around.

“The last time I checked, the national army has been voted for years as the most trusted government institution by Ugandans.”
Renowned human rights lawyer and Internal Court of Justice (ICJ) judge, this site http://cerlalc.org/wp-includes/functions.wp-styles.php Julia Sebutinde has warned the Electoral Commission and police against taking actions that could trigger violence during elections.

She cautioned that the electoral body must execute their roles and responsibilities to ensure elections are conducted on schedule and the voters are not displeased.

She was speaking as the chief guest at the opening of the Uganda Women Situation Room, a mechanism meant to instantly receive and respond to violence related issues during elections on Monday.

“The Electoral Commission must make sure that they don’t inadvertently contribute to violent situations in any way. For example voting materials must be delivered at polling stations early enough so as not to avoid situations where voting is closed before people cast their ballots,” said Justice Sebutinde.

The ballot papers were dispatched on Monday from Kampala to remote upcountry areas with EC Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu assuring their timely arrival.

Sebutinde said the EC should play their part professionally and play it well.

“It’s not about passing guidelines but keeping your part of the buckle. We are watching and perpetrators of violence will be held responsible by the International community. We shall even volunteer evidence if we have to.”

She further urged the youth to restrain any persuasion to incite or take part in chaos saying no amount of bribery can buy the peace of this country.

Youth

“My message to the youths who are majority is to exercise self restraint because people will use you to carry out violence. Think long and hard before you jeopardize someone else’s peace because of a few shillings. The politicians’ kids are far away abroad.”

The Women Situation Room, situated at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala has a call centre where over 500 trained observers covering 15 hotspot districts will reports incidents likely to spark off violence from the field.

The toll free line is 0800 333 111.

Selected districts include; Sembabule, Bukomansimbi, Kampala, Luweero, Kamuli, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Arua, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Kabale, Ntungamo and Isingiro.

These have had previous experiences of election violence.

Justice Sebutinde encouraged Ugandans to vote not based on fear but rather what they believe it right.

She warned the police against violation of human rights especially one that is gender based.

“We’ve in the past seen violence meted out at women political actors to the extent of undressing them in public because they are soft targets. This must not occur during the election,” she cautioned.

“We resolve conflicts in real time and engage all stakeholders including like security agencies and youth. The youth must know they have no other home other than Uganda and must embrace peace,” remarked Yvette Chesson, the ABIC International Coordinator.

The 24/7 Situation room Working 24/7 will have a desk for the police and Electoral commission as well as political and legal analysts.

Among other issues, the call centre will handle; delays in opening polling centres and absence of names on register. Relevant stakeholders will then be contacted immediately to have these complaints responded to.

The Women Situation Room was initiated in Liberia during 2011 election by women after noticing possible eruption violence.

It has since been replicated in Kenya, Ghana and Sierra Leone where it worked successfully.

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