As the world watches, in awe, the power of an independent judiciary that preserved the rule of law and made history in the recent landmark Supreme Court decision in Kenya, Uganda’s judiciary finds itself fighting – or rather begging – for its rightful place as an arm of government. This article was also published in … Continue reading Will the new Deputy Chief Justice deal with the elephant in the room?
Uganda’s criminal justice system is suffering from multiple organ failure. The breakdown has unleashed on the population a system that continues to preside over mass incarceration that ravages rights, struggles to deliver justice to victims of crimes, tares families apart and condemns children and communities to the vagaries of shattered homes. Over the past 9 … Continue reading Uganda’s criminal justice system is failing. Here’s how to make it work
Political Bloggers, much to the chagrin of a few paranoid folks who prefer to silence dissent or bitter facts, play an important role in spreading information and diversity of opinion on current affairs, politics, civil rights, rule of law, constitutionalism, and a whole range of governance issues in Africa. This has increasingly made them a … Continue reading Political Blogging: How Africa’s fragile democracies are shaping citizen voices
Gory images from Uganda’s torture chambers have gripped the nation. Many are still struggling to fathom why cold-blooded torturers would descend on human beings and unleash such untold horror on them. In response, President Museveni penned a tepid open missive advising police and other law enforcement agencies to cease the use of torture. It has … Continue reading Uganda: Sound bites will not end practice of torture in detention
This post was also published in the Daily Monitor, New Vision newspapers and africablogging.org Donning a tired T-shirt that has since lost its original colour and shape – Kutosi, a 5-year-old boy in Bunamwani village, Mbale district wears a sweet, innocent face. He is one of the 3.7 million children in Uganda below five … Continue reading Why ending child poverty is a moral necessity
On 10th December, Uganda will join the rest of the world to observe the International Human Rights Day. People around the world will commemorate the day – in 1948 – when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This comes at a time when human rights are going through a tumultuous … Continue reading Human Rights Day: Why we need to reflect on our shared humanity
Under the cover of darkness, another office that exercises civil rights – media freedoms – was broken into on Saturday October 15, 2016. This time, it was not an NGO. It was a media house – the Observer newspaper. The assailants raided and ransacked the newsroom and other departments making away with at least 15 … Continue reading Office Break-Ins: A new weapon of repression?