Moses Opio, the Kwania District Probation Officer blames the rising cases on Gender-Based Violence in the community. The Sub County has registered over 137 cases of Gender-Based Violence within a space of two months, mostly in Amorigoga and Abany parishes.
His Highness Ebii says that they are much aware that a number of past general elections in Lango have been characterized by violence which saw some people lose their lives while others sustained severe injuries.
The NUP officials were arrested on Wednesday when they reportedly went to the police at Kwania CPS to seek permission from the District Police Commander Edith Basalirwa to allow them to conduct NUP meetings to mobilize votes for their party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine.
It’s alleged that Okwir, Charles Ogwang, the Kwania District NUP Mobilizer and two unidentified NUP Officials from Kampala were arrested on Wednesday evening when they had gone to seek permission from police at Kwania Central Police Station to allow them to conduct a meeting meant to mobilize votes for NUP Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulaunyi Ssentamu.
However, voters and several other candidates say that the two contenders have contributed to a spike in violence across the constituencies. The accusation follows an incident in which Tonny Ayo ordered his bodyguard to fire live bullets to disperse a crowd that attacked him while campaigning in Apwori Trading Centre in Atongtidi Sub County on Sunday.
Natukunda Tryphena, an ambassador representing the Young People Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda says due to weaker anti-stigma policies put in place by the government many clients are forced to abandon treatment due to stigma by some members of the community.
Due to stigma, Amuka says, many young positive are forced to abandon medication, while some commit suicide as a result of psychological torture by some medical workers, parents and members of the community.
Moses Opio, the Kwania District Probation Officer says, of all these cases reported to different health facilities in the district, Abongomola Sub County is leading with 321 cases, followed by Aduku Town Council 318 cases, Nambieso 298, Chawente Sub County registered 286 cases, Inomo 218 and Aduku Sub County 38 cases respectively.
Brenda Apio, a resident of Okwor Village in Etekober parish, Nambieso Sub County says, she delivered at Nambieso HCIII with the help of an elderly woman because the midwife was attending to another mother but she was still asked to pay the illegal 5000 shillings before she could go home.
One such family is a 12-year-old girl named Lucky, who is now tasked with the responsibility of not only looking after herself but after her 8-year-old brother, Bazil. Lucky was told that both her mother who was born out of wedlock and her grandmother died of HIV and AIDS-related illnesses.