Uganda women’s civil society organizations have joined the band wagon in condemning the excessive use of force in quelling the “Walk to Work” protests over the past one month by security agencies.
Over 10 women organizations among others, URINET, UWONET, FOWODE joined hands and walked from Kiira road playing ground, through Kamwokya, Yusuf Lule road, John Bahiiha Avenue and back to the starting point at Kiira road.
“We, the Women in Civil Society would like to condemn the brutality and highhandness exhibited by security agencies as they sought to quell demonstrations under the “walk to work” campaign,” a joint report read. “We deeply mourn the subsequent loss of lives, injury of persons, degrading treatment of those arrested and destruction of property that ensure in the mayhem.”
The women dressed in white, signifying peace, carried placards and empty sauce pans as well.
“We are carrying empty saucepans because we no longer have the money to buy food,” Achiro Ritah, Executive Director UWONET said.
The women expressed profound disappointment with government’s indifference, exhibited by the lack of urgent action to curb the situation and apparent disregard of pressing priorities in allocation of governance expenditure.
Among other things they demanded were: Express solidarity with women, men and children suffering from the high food and fuel prices, no more use of live ammunition, indiscriminate physical assault on civilians, promote fundamental rights of citizens enshrined in Chap 4 of the constitution, address social and economic issues, address food security, unemployment, health and education