Human rights defenders and advocates have already started training for the assignment and have held a meeting at Africana Hotel in Kampala preparing lawyers to handle cases of violence against citizens as they arise.
The Legal Aid Providers Network -LASPNET is lining up a team of lawyers to prosecute perpetrators of election violence in the upcoming election.
LAPSNET's Executive Director Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa reveals that their organization will take legal action against all security officers, candidates and their
agents who will violate people’s rights during elections
Human rights defenders and advocates have already started training for the assignment and have held a meeting at Africana Hotel in Kampala preparing lawyers to handle cases of violence against
citizens as they arise.
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Giving a keynote address at the meeting, former Ethics minister Miria Matembe
emphasized the need to be focused while tracking and documenting cases of
electoral violence as this will facilitate better legal representation of the
victims in courts.
Basing on what transpired in the just concluded NRM primaries which were marred
by extreme violence, Matembe anticipates the same environment to surface during
the general elections which calls for extra vigilance of lawyers.
The meeting was told that the declaration that all campaigns must be held on media
platforms, including televisions, radios, print, and social media makes all the
public rallies and mass gatherings illegal. With the ‘scientific elections’, those in opposition may be
blocked from holding their campaigns on these channels which can
propel demonstrations that can become violent.
Matembe stresses that rights and legal defenders are better placed to help out
victims of electoral violence in the coming elections. However, she observes that fearfulness among lawyers and judges in Ugandan has
presented a bad challenge for Uganda’s democracy.
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Matembe who intends to compete for one of the special
interest group slots in parliament as a representative for the elderly says her intended come
back to parliament is to restore sanity and respect to the institution which
has for long been tarnished by the members who are self-seeking.
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The positions of representing the elderly in parliament was
created this year giving five slots for the special group in the house.