Paul Logiel, a priest at Nadunget catholic church in the Moroto district told URN they have always tried their best to spread the message of peace to the community but unfortunately, it doesn’t reach the warriors who are still in the jungle.
The more than 1,000 residents, mainly women and children, were evicted from Bukinda A and B, Bukinda 2, Kavule, Bwizibwera A and B, Kyeya A and B, Nyaruhanga, Kabirizi, Nyamigisa A and B and Katoma villages among others in Kasonga parish, Kyangwali sub-county. President Museveni's order to restore the victims on their ancetral land has been ignored by the concerned officials.
The women say following the discovery of oil and gas in their area, local women have not been fully engaged and empowered by the government on how they can be prepared to tap in opportunities accruing from oil and gas sector something they say could make them not to benefit from the sector.
According to a statement by the United Nations, violence perpetrated against women is as common a cause of death and incapacity for those of reproductive age, as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than road accidents and malaria combined. It adds that half of the women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family.
The women are collectively calling for affirmative action to have them fully prepared and engaged to benefit from the oil discovery. They equally decry the high level of corruption that, according to them, has stifled opportunities for women.
It is alleged that the duo picked a quarrel with the Rwandan national only identified as Twizerimana for unknown reason at the bar at around 3:00am on Monday. They reportedly hacked the deceased on the face and head several times.
Mercy Munduru , a Senior Advocacy Officer FIDA Uganda says the international Womens day celebration should be used to rekindle the push for the marriage law, which has been pending for over fifty years.
The activist at a press conference in Kampala said rural women that make over 70 percent of the farmers in the country are bearing the brunt of the hand-held hoe. They say the women plant seeds by hand, weed by hand and harvest by hand.
Some of the prominent personalities that attended the meeting include Nelson Ocheger, Ugandas ambassador to Nigeria, Businessman Joseph Ariong, Patrick Isiagi, the former Kampala City Council Football Club Treasurer and Bukedea County MP George Ekuma.