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At least 1,000 cases are targeted for disposal in the sessions closing December 15, 2018. Courtesy Photo

Special Court Sessions on Sexual, Gender Based Violence to Kick-off in 13 Districts

The 13 special sessions to fast track the disposal of SGBV cases in the High Courts of Mbale, Masaka, Gulu, Bushenyi, Mukono, Kampala, Soroti and Moroto, as well as the Chief Magistrates Courts of Nabweru, Lira, Sironko, Kapchorwa and Iganga, start on November 12, 2018. 
posted onNovember 8, 2018
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By Kampala Post Reporter

KAMPALA. The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) on Wednesday commenced a radio sensitization campaign to create countrywide awareness for the planned Special Court Sessions targeting Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases that will be held for five weeks.

The 13 special sessions to fast track the disposal of SGBV cases in the High Courts of Mbale, Masaka, Gulu, Bushenyi, Mukono, Kampala, Soroti and Moroto, as well as the Chief Magistrates Courts of Nabweru, Lira, Sironko, Kapchorwa and Iganga, start on November 12, 2018. 

At least 1,000 cases are targeted for disposal in the sessions closing December 15, 2018.

The campaign targeting audiences in the 13 selected districts across the country, started Wednesday in Iganga and will proceed to northeastern Uganda, then to the north, central and lastly in the southwestern Uganda district of Bushenyi.

According to Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary Senior Communications Officer, the Justice Sector stakeholders including the judicial officers, resident state attorneys and representatives of Uganda Law Society in the targeted districts will take the lead in the awareness drive on radio stations.

On Wednesday afternoon, Judiciary Public Relations Officer, Vincent Emmy Mugabo; Iganga Chief Magistrate, HW Hellen Ajio; Senior Resident State Attorney-Iganga, Ariwala Kizito and Mr. Muyita, appeared on a talk show on Eye Radio (94.6FM) in Iganga for the sensitization campaign.

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Judiciary Officials appearing on Eye FM radio talk show in Iganga for the sensitization campaign on Wednesday. Courtesy Photo

Mr. Muyita says the media campaigns will run hand-in-hand with the pre-session stakeholder meetings at the various courts.

“At least 130 stakeholders in the SGBV Court Sessions were trained on November 2, 2018 on the best practices to be used during the planned sessions,” Muyita noted in the statement.

The initiative, which is supported by the United Nations Population Fund, is part of Government of Uganda's commitment to implement the Maputo Protocol and Kampala Declaration of 2011.

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