The Domestic Violence Act coalition held a press conference to condemn the unjustifiable release of UPDF soldier Lance corporal Herbert Rwakihembo by the army’s court of appeal.
Rwakihembo was accused of shooting dead 3 people in Luzira after he returned from Somalia including his Irene Namuyaba and two others; Royce Kawendeke, Nnalongo Zaina Nassolo by shooting in a gruesome murder in Luzira a Kampala suburb.
He had been sentenced to 35 years in jail by the division army court that sat in Luzira in January 2013 before the court of appeal over turned the sentence on 13th February, 2015 on grounds that he acted in the heat of passion after provocation. The ruling by the appellant courts to reduce his sentence from 35 years, to 15 years and then 3 years leading to his subsequent release.
During the 1stquarter, CEDOVIP conducted 11 visits referral centers to strengthen relationships with the network members and to get deepened understanding of the services provided.
Through the visits, CEDOVIP learnt about the services provided, focal persons i.e. persons that directly handle survivors, physical location of referral centers and eligibility criteria for accessing services to domestic violence survivors. See the attached referral directory for your use.
Plan Uganda in partnership with Center for Domestic Violence Prevention, Uganda Youth Network and Straight Talk Foundation launched a new youth empowerment program code named; the NI-YETU Youth Project with support from SIDA through Plan International, Uganda.
“NI-YETU” is a Swahili word which means “It is ours”. Ni-Yetu is a social empowerment initiative that will integrate promotion of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and GBV prevention in five districts of Lira, Alebtong, Tororo, Kamuli and Kampala.
Ni-Yetu aims atcontributing to a healthy, empowered youth population, free from violence.