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Bussi Islands Lacking Police Station, Court

Bussi Island with a population of 19,000 people, is comprised of five parishes including Gulwe, Bussi, Kavenyanja, Zinga, and Balabala with each located on a separate island. The community relies on fishing and other fishing-related activities as sources of income.
A copy of the Human rights report released by Wakiso District Committee

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All the islands in Bussi Sub County, Wakiso District lack a police station and court. This is according to a new human rights report.

Bussi Island with a population of 19,000 people, is comprised of five parishes including Gulwe, Bussi, Kavenyanja, Zinga, and Balabala with each located on a separate island. The community relies on fishing and other fishing-related activities as sources of income. 

The report shows that the cases are forwarded to Entebbe Police Station, Directorate of Public Prosecutions – DPP and court by the available police posts, and because of lack of transport, cases are frustrated.

“The burden of transporting the victim and perpetrator is on the complainant instead of the police. To release a person on police bond one has to pay 150,000 Shillings or above. Those who cannot afford to stay in the cells for over 2 weeks or more,” reads the report.

  Titled “The Invisible Plight of People at Bussi Island” the Human Rights Situation Report shows that rape and defilement cases are mostly handled by negotiation and compensation and that sometimes victims are instead married off.  

“It was observed that there is no female police constable at both police posts of Zinga and Bussi and no female detention facility making it difficult to handle criminal matters involving female perpetrators, especially in instances where the complainant cannot afford the more than 50,000 Shillings per person to transport the witnesses at Entebbe police station, follow up the case with the DPP and the court of law,” reads the report.  

The report further reveals that due to lack of cheap, affordable means of transport has led to the violation of all other human rights, health rights, and economic and social rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

Wakiso District Human Rights Committee with partners compiled and released the report to advocate for urgent action to address the concerns in the community.   

Elly Kasirye, the Chairperson of the Committee said that there is a need to improve the situation of the people on the island to enable them to enjoy their rights.   He said that the report shall be disseminated to all stakeholders to understand the issues at Bussi sub-county and to ensure that the situation improves. 

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Jane Kibira Namaganda a lawyer working with the Center for Health Human Rights and Development – CEHURD says that records at Bussi Health Center III have shown that several mothers died while waiting for health service delivery.  

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Namaganda appealed to the government to urgently intervene and save the plight of the people on the island and also monitor the delivery of health services.  

Shafic Kagimu, a program officer with FIAN Uganda wondered how male policemen handle the female culprits and that there is no family protection unit, which is a requirement at every police facility.  

The rights activists have asked the stakeholders to sensitize leaders on the promotion of human rights.  

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