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Kyenjojo Town Residents, NGO Bicker over Meeting with Unknown Groups

In the letter, the residents accused him of putting the community at risk and spreading immorality by converging with groups of people unknown to them; among them homosexuals and drug addicts. They said that the people he was meeting were unknown to the residents and that their activities are likely to compromise the safety of the residents.
19 Jul 2020 09:21

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A row has emerged between Western Uganda Faith-based Organizations Network and residents of Kyenjojo Town Council over the organisation's dealings with unknown groups of people in the area.  

The controversy stems from a meeting held between the Organisations director Moses Atuhaire, commercial sex workers and homosexuals. The meeting was allegedly to educate the groups about reproductive health and support those living with HIV, among them, to access antiretroviral treatment.

According to Atuhaire, nine sexual minorities turned up for the meeting which was held at his office in Kyenjojo Town Council. However, area residents branded the gathering illegal gathering saying that it contradicted presidential directives for the Control of Coronavirus Disease.

Consequently, the residents namely Jimmy Murungi, Jackson Saturday, Innocent Nuwagaba, Hamza Mujulizi and a one Kasaija, wrote to Atuhaire on July 3, cautioning him about his activities in the area.

In the letter, the residents accused him of putting the community at risk and spreading immorality by converging with groups of people unknown to them; among them homosexuals and drug addicts. They said that the people he was meeting were unknown to the residents and that their activities are likely to compromise the safety of the residents.

But Atuhaire says the meeting was in line with his organisation's mandate to promote human rights that include sexual and reproductive health rights.   He adds that some categories of people have not been able to get access to services during the COVID-19 lockdown which came with a ban on public transport.

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Now, through his lawyers, Tumuhairwe Advocates, Atuhaire has written back to the residents threatening a countersuit against them for maligning his work in the community.

But Innocent Nuwagaba one of the residents says that they are determined to stop Atuhaire from engaging in activities that may cause the spread of COVID-19 in their area.