ARE DEMONSTRATIONS THE BEST WAY TO GET RESULTS IN UGANDA?
Dialogue is another means that has not been effective
From the Human Rights Perspective under UDHR 1948 The Principles of HR are:
among others and the state parties have a duty to protect, promote and fulfill Human Rights.
The Constitution of Uganda 1995 as Amended clearly provides for:
National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy.
V. Fundamental and other human rights and freedoms.
(i) The State shall guarantee and respect institutions which are charged by the State with responsibility for protecting and promoting human rights by providing them with adequate resources to function effectively.
X. Role of the people in development.
The State shall take all necessary steps to involve the people in the formulation and implementation of development plans and programmes which affect them
XIV. General social and economic objectives.
The State shall endeavour to fulfill the fundamental rights of all Ugandans to social justice and economic development and shall, in particular, ensure that—
(a) all developmental efforts are directed at ensuring the maximum social and cultural well-being of the people; and
(b) all Ugandans enjoy rights and opportunities and access to education, health services, clean and safe water, work, decent shelter, adequate clothing, food security and pension and retirement benefits.
Article 1. Sovereignty of the people.
(1) All power belongs to the people who shall exercise their sovereignty in accordance with this Constitution.
(2) Without limiting the effect of clause (1) of this article, all authority in the State emanates from the people of Uganda; and the people shall be governed through their will and consent.
Protection and promotion of fundamental and other human rights and freedoms.
Article 20. Fundamental and other human rights and freedoms.
(1) Fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual are inherent and not granted by the State.
(2) The rights and freedoms of the individual and groups enshrined in this Chapter shall be respected, upheld and promoted by all organs and agencies of Government and by all persons.
Article 21. Equality and freedom from discrimination.
(1) All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life and in every other respect and shall enjoy equal protection of the law.
(2) Without prejudice to clause (1) of this article, a person shall not be discriminated against on the ground of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, social or economic standing, political opinion or disability
Article 29. Protection of freedom of conscience, expression, movement, religion, assembly and association.
(1) Every person shall have the right to—
(a) freedom of speech and expression which shall include freedom of the press and other media;
(d) freedom to assemble and to demonstrate together with others peacefully and unarmed and to petition; and
(e) freedom of association which shall include the freedom to form and join associations or unions, including trade unions and political and other civic organisation
38. Civic rights and activities.
(2) Every Ugandan has a right to participate in peaceful activities to influence the policies of government through civic organisations.
40. Economic rights.
(1) Parliament shall enact laws—
(a) to provide for the right of persons to work under satisfactory, safe and healthy conditions;
(b) to ensure equal payment for equal work without discrimination;
(3) Every worker has a right—
(a) to form or join a trade union of his or her choice for the promotion and protection of his or her economic and social interests;
(b) to collective bargaining and representation; and
(c) to withdraw his or her labour according to law.
Based on the provisions of the Law, the Teachers have all the mandate to demand from their government Equality and Non Discriminations much as Politics play into wrong decisions because of unrealistic promises because trends show there are more promises and expectation before elections and Demonstrations and arrests after Elections.
In Uganda over 260,000 can earn UGX 740,000 from the planned UGX 193bn 525 Mps want for their allowance increase. MPs have had salary enhancements every year not including the bonuses. If all are civil servants, then they should be considered the same way.
Government should do everything equally… Advisors need to advise the president on equality
1) The Parliament of Uganda and Public Service should Institute a Salary Review and Regulation Committee/ Authority to look into all Public servants payments.
2) The Ministry of Education (Duty bearers) ought to look at the effects of such not forgetting what COVID-19 did to our children and education system and other systems
3) The Ministry of Education should ensure Equal pay for Unity and progressive increment according to plans. Ministry of Finance should allocate resources to all government Schools to stock laboratories and other requirements as well as assess the whole value chain not leaving any one behind. Efficiency is realized when there is free will.
4) The Government of Uganda should avoid over borrowing to finance recurrent expenditures like salaries
Mass Sensitisation through Dialogues and radio Talkshows on the Right to Education is done on a regular basis.
Education is a Constitutional Right as seen in Article 30 of the 1995 Ugandan Constitution and SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This is important regardless of the state a willing person is in.
Other than the Academic pursuits, there are other alternatives to skilling the ‘CHILD MOTHERS’ through Vocational and Life Skills.
Civic Education, Trainings and Capacity Building, Skills Development for Youths & Women.
Women also need Capacity Building to be able to sustain their families. LOSCO takes pleasure in training Women and Youth in Income generating activities to cope with the changing trends.