Kabale RDC, calls for speedy hearing of Civil cases.Tobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda.
The Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, has called on the judiciary to devise a strategy and mechanisms of timely disposing off of civil cases related with land, saying that land conflicts are a major cause of violence and unexplained murders in the country.
Nyakahuma, made the call today, while opening a two training of different stakeholders of Kabale district at Kirigime Guest House, organized by the ministry of Internal affairs under the “Conflict Early warning and Response Unit”-CEWERU. The training that attracted district technical staff, politicians, leaders of the police and Uganda peoples defense forces-UPDF, the Youths and representatives of faith organizations and the state attorney among others is fostered on Conflict prevention and management Resolution.
Mr Nyakahuma, observed wherever he has worked as RDCs, he has found out that the major causes of violence, conflicts and unexplained murders in communities, being land related disagreements and poverty. These, he said start as mere disagreements, which are civil in nature but end up degenerating into criminal cases, like murders and mob justice among others.
Nyakahuma, however said that some of these criminal cases are always as a result of delay by civil courts to handle cases on time, which leaves people without any option but to take the laws in their hands.
Betty Kyokunzire, an officer from the ministry of Internal Affairs, under the Conflict Early warning and Response Unit-CEWERU, said that the program on conflict warning and response, is an Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) program, that was established in 2003 under the auspices of the Conflict Early Warning mechanism of IGAD with tasks to collect, process and communicate early warning information to appropriate authorities for effective response to emerging or existing pastoral conflicts. CEWERU, which has since been operating in the Karamoja cluster of Uganda and has undertaken a number of peace initiatives, has now been expanded to all regions of the country.
Johnfisher Tumwesigye, one of the facilitators and an officer working under “the Small Arms and Conflict Early Warning and Early Response (CEWERU)”, said that they are training the district stakeholders on early warning signs that would tell an imminent conflict, like realizing change of behavior from the protagonists a, like quarrels, parents beating of the children and mishandling of workers. He said that at this stage, if the looming conflict is not resolved, it may degenerate into a severe conflict. He however said that for any interventions to stop the conflict, one needs to understand its cause, the environment and context, as well as changing dynamics in a conflict situation.