Uganda Law Society Condemns the Menace of Gun Violence

Saturday, July 15, 2023

The second quarter State of Rule of Law Report by the Uganda Law Society has revealed a disturbing prevalence of gun violence and citizen brutality. Published periodically by the Uganda Law Society, the report aims to demonstrate the legal fraternity’s dedication to monitoring and addressing significant breaches of the rule of law in the country. Its purpose is to safeguard the pillars of justice, fairness, and equality before the law.

During the report’s launch in Kampala yesterday, President Bernard Oundo presented the findings, which covered events occurring between April and June 2023. The report highlights numerous violations of human rights and freedoms, particularly the freedom to assemble and the right to life.

One of the report’s condemnations revolves around the murder of Ben Amaku, a security guard employed by Security Group Africa. On May 13th, 2023, Amaku was tragically shot and killed by unknown assailants along Rhino Camp Road in Baruku Cell.

Additionally, the report sheds light on an aggravated robbery incident in Kayunga, where four gunmen disguised in UPDF uniforms targeted vendors.

Perhaps the most distressing event mentioned in the 43-page report is the horrific attack on Lhubiriha Community Secondary School in Mpondwe Kasese on June 16th, 2023. During the attack, suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels set fire to the school, resulting in the deaths of over 40 students and the abduction of others.

Given these alarming findings, the Uganda Law Society calls upon the Parliament to consider the passage of the Minimum Wage Bill. It is alleged that many police officers receive inadequate remuneration, and this may contribute to their behavior and the challenges they face. By addressing these issues, the society believes that frustration and problems faced by police officers can be mitigated.

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