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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

NGOs support over 120 families in Kasese.




A month after the unrest ravaged Kasese district, the wounds of those directly and indirectly affected are yet to heal. Several families lost loved ones, women were widowed and children orphaned. Efforts are underway restore peace to the region. 


On 31st December 2016, the well wishers and NGOs under Rwenzori Fraternity Associations and  inter-religious Council of Uganda held prayers with the grieving families and shared with them relief items. 
 


 The package included: RICE, Oil, Salt, Sugar, small bucket and funds to help families of the people who died during  the 25-27 November 2016 Kasese Clashes by some meat to celebrate the New Year 2017.
RIC-NET documented over 120 families that lost the dear ones in this conflict and over 830 Orphans that needs further material support, Scholastic material for the children(orphans) as schools begins in February 2017.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

RIC NET joins other organisation to call for peacefull coexistence in Kasese and Rwenzori region

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRrPfVrGtno&feature=youtu.be

Though NGOs are pressing for dialogue, speedy and just got process, the investigation into kasese killings is becoming complex leading to an appeal to ICC intervention.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

CSOs demand for a fair and speedy trial for Mumbere

"The legal process should take its course but with fairness, openness and justice such that a lasting solution is reached..."
Left to right:  Executive director Rwenzori Centres Network (RIC-NET) John Silco, Chief executive officer of Foundation Urban and Rural Advancement (FURA) Reuben Mbauta and Country Manager of International Alert Richard Businge
 CSOs leaders discussing about the Violence in the Rwenzori region during CSO leaders Crisis meeting at Sliver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi on December 14, 2016. Photos by Mary Kansiime

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) operating in the Rwenzori region are demanding for a speedy, transparent and fair trial of the Omusinga of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, Charles Wesley Mumbere and his royal guards who were arrested, charged and detained over the Kasese clashes.

"The legal process should take its course but with fairness, openness and justice such that a lasting solution is reached. The process should aim at promoting meaningful dialogue and reconciliation based on the truth," said Reuben Mbauta, the Chief Executive Officer Foundation for Rural and Urban Advancement (FRUA).

He said that it is only when the truth has been revealed that government will be able to make strategic investments and action plans to uproot the real cause of the conflict in the region.

Violent clashes between the Omusinga's palace guards and security officers broke out two weeks ago leaving over 100 people dead, several injured, property destroyed and scores arrested including Mumbere. He is currently in Luzira prison on charges of Murder, terrorism and robbery.

Speaking at Silver Springs hotel, Bugolobi, on Wednesday, the CSOs condemned the continued arrest of the royal guards, stating that it does not aim at resolving the conflict but instead escalates it.

They said that most of the guards have now run into hiding and there is worry that they might reconvene into a bigger group and become a threat to the peaceful co-existence of the people in the Rwenzori Region.

Published by: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1442112/csos-demand-fair-speedy-trial-mumbere

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Children In Uganda Still Traumatized by Conflict-

RIC-NET shared her experience on projects that "support conflict affect girls in Rwenzori region"  and  "community action on prevention of violence against  children" at  Global fund for Children partners' knowledge sharing  workshop at Bomah Hotel- Gulu from 25-28th October 2016.
The article below was reported without the photos added. the original article is by By Billy Oketch


 "Thousands of children in Rwenzori and northern Uganda are in dire need of support due to the effects of conflict experienced in those regions.
This is according to Emmanuel Otoo, Global Fund’s regional programme director for Africa and Middle East, who says the situation has left many children in the Rwenzori Sub-region and northern Uganda traumatized.

He says some of the children there are living with various forms of disability while others living with HIV/Aids.
Meanwhile, John Silco, the executive director of Rwenzori Information Centres Network, says some families uprooted by the ethnic clashes in Rwenzori were still stuck in the camps.


The Global Fund for Children has been working with seven grass-root organisations to support vulnerable children in these two regions."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

POSITIVE PARENTING TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN


Stakeholders pose for a photo

Kasese district stake holders have agreed upon embarking on positive parenting if they are to realize the efforts of fighting violence against children in the community. This was pointed out during a one day district convention in Kasese district on 7th October 2016. Regardless of the many existing laws concerning the rights of children and their upbringing, violence against children in its forms has continued to prevail in the society leaving the children at the centre stage of vulnerability.
women representatives at the convention
To seek support from the district leaders therefore, a district convention aimed at sharing issues with district leaders and members of the community, suggesting measures on prevention of VAC in the district and region, to document and develop action plan for prevention of VAC and child protection in the region was held among which the district leadership, head teachers and their teachers, representatives of CBOS, children from different schools, women representatives among others who agreed and signed upon helping the children realize their strength with love and respect, sanitation in schools should be considered, enforce the policies on childrens’ rights, formation of children protection committees at village level, owning the project for sustainability and  include guidance and counseling on the school curriculum.
LCV chairman giving remarks
The chairperson LCV Mr. Sibendire Bigogo Geofrey as the chief guest called upon the people of Kasese to avoid violence against children because it dehumanizes them. He further said, children who come from violent homes also live violent lives in their adulthood. Bigogo said most children do not freely express themselves because of the torture they face from the community in the name of correcting them both at school and home. He sounded a warning to everybody who mistreats a child and condemned violence in all its forms.