Nissy Namuyomba, the Programs Coordinator at MADIPHA, emphasized the importance of the Ministry of Health developing a comprehensive plan that consolidates all services, making them easily accessible for persons with disabilities without unnecessary difficulties.
The petitioners who are residents from six villages in Masaka City submitted their certificates of titles as they surrendered part of their land to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company-UETCL in 2009, but the land titles have never been returned.
Josephine Nassanga, the Vice Chairperson of Kigo cell in Kibisi Ward says that the decision followed a surge in thefts reported in the area. She explains that they register at least five incidents of house break-ins on weekly basis, forcing them to devise means that can help to reverse the trend.
Reverend Father James Ssendege, the Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator says the Church is directly joining hands with the Buddu County cultural leadership and District Probation Officers to champion the protection of children in the area.
The prelates have in their Christmas messages delivered from their respective Pastoral seats at Kitovu and Kako in Masaka district expressed concern that the constant abductions of people are creating a lot of unease in the community and casting the government in a bad light.
People with cerebral palsy can have problems swallowing and commonly have an eye muscle imbalance, in which the eyes don't focus on the same object. They also might have a reduced range of motion at various joints of their bodies due to muscle stiffness.
Florence Nakandi, the COTFONE Programs Coordinator says that on Tuesday night, unknown thugs broke into their offices located in Kyabakuza ward in Masaka city and took away vital documents and two laptop computers.
According to Bugembe, a number of their colleagues have been suffering from different forms of stigma and discrimination based on their HIV status and different forms of disabilities and couldn’t get direct remedies largely because the available law was appearing to be intricate to both the victims and the violators in terms of language and interpretation.
Reverend Fr. Deusdedit Luyimbaazi, the Estates Manager Masaka diocese, says that when they called for relatives of the deceased to participate in the exhumation process, only two families came up and showed interest in relocating the remains of their relatives to their ancestral burial grounds.
Joseph Kasirye, the NUP Party Registrar for the Masaka sub-region says that the NRM party agents backed up by security operatives have hijacked the exercise in many areas where they are blocking known opposition supporters from being registered.
According to Fr. Luyimbaazi, out of mutual engagements with UNRA; the Masaka diocese as the Landlord agreed to have all the affected graves relocated to open the way for the project without any financial compensation from the government.
Edward Kabuye, the Principal Administrator of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, says that the strike has greatly affected their operations and the efficiency with which they respond to patients. He has appealed to the government to engage and reach a compromise with the striking health workers such that they can return to their duty stations and save the situation.
Led by Sheikh Sulait Ssentongo, the Deputy Supreme Khadi for the greater Masaka Muslim sub-region, the leaders demand that all political prisoners be freed such that they can also attend to their families and other social responsibilities.
Swaibu Makumbi, the chairperson of the Southern Region Social Rights Association alleges that despite charging patients, the private wing competes for medical equipment with the general wards and priority is often given to paying patients and oftentimes, the underprivileged are sidelined.
In 2021, the Masaka Chief Magistrate Deogratius Ssejjemba adjudicated the dispute before granting the businessmen permission to occupy the land after proving their ownership. Namawejje indicates that the affected residents have nowhere to relocate their families and allow them to pay off the businessmen.
Joseph Walugembe, an activist of disability-inclusive development and the Projects Coordinator at Stromme Foundation, says that people with special needs also admire to freely associate with affairs of their faith including being given the opportunity to perform key roles like their counterparts without disabilities.