UNRA Trains Locals on Sexual Abuse Following World Bank Incident

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) last week embarked on training officials from Kamwenge and Kabarole districts to mitigate the rampant cases of defilement, click child labor and other forms of abuse.

The two day training that kicked off on Thursday and ended on Friday, was held at Kabarole district council chambers in Fort Portal municipality.

The training attracted senior female and male teachers from 31 schools that stretch along the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road, Community Development Officers from all the sub counties, Probation officers and District Education Officers.

Mrs. Enid Kansiime a UNRA social worker said, “The training was aimed at equipping participants with
knowledge and skills used in sensitization and awareness creation of pupils and students, their rights and how to protect themselves against sexual violence and exploitation.”

“We want these trained officials to inform the pupils, students and the community where to report cases of child abuse like defilement and child labor, among other forms of violence that are reportedly on the rise in areas along the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road.”

UNRA's Enid Kansiime

UNRA’s Enid Kansiime

The training program she said follows issues of non compliance that reportedly led to cancellation funding of the road project by the World Bank.

In December 2015 the World Bank president Mr. Jim Yong Kim announced that the bank had withdrawn funding to the Uganda transport sector following allegations of sexual misconduct by contractors working on the project and environmental concerns.

The complaints were raised by the communities in Bigodi and Nyabubale-Kingo in Kamwenge, and those living along Fort Portal road.

“I’m optimistic that with this concerted effort of equipping the stakeholders with skills of protecting teenagers’ sexual rights, sanity will return in these areas,” Kansiime said.

She however disclosed that government has taken over the completion of the project adding that works now stand at 60perecent.

Participants however, observed that the police at sub county level were conniving with the suspected defilers and parents of the victims to kill cases.

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