Western Ankole Civil Society Forum(WACSOF), a sub-national platform for citizens organizations in the Ankole region of Uganda, will on Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 hold a baraza in Ibaare sub county, Igara East County, Bushenyi district to help communities in the areas find lasting solutions to the increasing cases of insecurity.
The Ibaare sub-county located along the Ishaka-Kagamba road has in the recent past experienced a spate of petty crimes like house break-ins, animal and agricultural products theft, which the locals fear could culminate into a bigger issue. As insecurity may not only mean theft and housebreak-ins, the area also faces challenges of poor quality of living, which is far below average, poor sanitation, decline in quality of education, poor nutrition and food insecurity.
The mostly affected villages are Kiruhuura and Mutanoga where illiteracy and excessive alcohol consumption have taken a center stage according to the local government leadership. They say, excessive alcohol drinking has led to an increase in crime and disorder in the mentioned villages. According to studies, crime and disorder are inextricably linked.
The security baraza will be held at Bwooma Primary School in Ryeishe Parish according to Mr. Apollo Lee Kakonge, the WACSOF Executive Director, who says police authorities at the district level have been invited. He believes policing will make communities safer.
“We have invited all the leaders. The community wants to participate in solving issues affecting them. So, by coming together, they want to have a conversation and resolve these matters without necessarily waiting for the government to come address every challenge in their community,” says Mr Kakonge
Just like any other civil society organization, WACSOF comes in to inter alia complement the work of security authorities in Bushenyi district rather than questioning it.
According to Mr Kakonge, issues that have attracted WACSOF attention were raised during the community immersions held in the area in partnership with Uganda National NGO Forum in 2018.