March 2, 2024

World Voices Uganda presents 2022/2023 report, Land Related Crimes Top Bunyoro rated at 49%

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Gard Benda, Country Director World Voices Uganda during a press briefing at WVU's head offices in Kagadi Town

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Out of the 1,202 cases reported to human right defenders in a period of one year, 589 are land related cases according to report presented by the World Voices Uganda during the press briefing at their head offices in Kagadi Town.

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These were reported in the districts of Kagadi, Kibaale, Kakumiro, Buliisa, Kikuube, Masindi, Hoima, Kyegegwa and Kiryandongo.

According to the 2022/2023 annual operational report by World Voices Uganda, the cases handled were land and property, Domestic Violence, child maintenance, Compensation, Rape, Defilement, criminal trespass, Assault, theft, conflicts and torture, debts among others.

A child who was tortured by the grandmother while at Kagadi CPS

Of these, Land and property related cases were the majority with 49% followed by domestic violence with 19% and the debts at 14%.

Accidents and assault were the least reported with 1%.

Gard Benda Ntegyereize, the Country Director World Voices Uganda says the most affected persons by these cases were children and women followed by the elderly and People with disabilities.

Counsel Speke Chrysostom, WVU Lawyer during a land wrangle mediation in Kagadi Sub County in 2023

He says this is because they lack representation and they are marginalized if not helped urgently.

Benda however said that they also participated in environment and climate justice by planting over 247,343 tree seedlings in the refugee settlements and host communities of Kyaka II in Kyegegwa, Kyangwali in Kikuube, Kiryandongo and Nakivale in Isingiro districts.

He said this was to ensure that the green vegetation lost during the settlement of refugees is restored.

“We want to assure the general community that World Voices Uganda as a non-profit Non-Governmental organization, we shall continue to serve our people for free even in this year that has just started to ensure that our people get access to justice but also ensure peaceful co-existence in communities they live in” Gard said

 “We encroached on forests because we wanted charcoal and timber but later we cut it down to get land for cultivation” Robert Kyomuhendo said

90% of the cases reported were handled by the Bataka Court system a model that provides an Alternative dispute resolution in communities being helped by the Community Legal Volunteers.

According to residents, these Bataka Court systems have helped them to access justice.

 “Women can now be allowed to be present during the sale of the family agricultural products something that was not there before the coming of Bataka courts in our area. We thank Bataka Court so much” Hope Kyosimire, a resident of Kyanyambali said

 “I had a big burden because women were being brutalized by their husbands but these days I see women very women very happy and they also tell me that Bataka court has helped them. I thank Bataka court for reducing the burden for me” Loy Ndyamuhaki, Church Leader added

The report also indicates that most abused women are not passive victims; they have oftenly adopt strategies to maximize their safety and that of their children.

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