In a recent meeting held at the Lugogo MTN Arena, the Ugandan Banyarwanda community gathered to discuss their concerns and rights as an ethnic group. The meeting featured guest speaker Hon. Dr. Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the National Legal Adviser for the UMUBANO TASK FORCE of the Ugandan Banyarwanda.
Dr. Mbidde emphasized the importance of discipline, unity and resolve among the Banyarwanda community. He urged the community to reclaim their lost glory and demand their rights as a people. He highlighted the need for Banyarwanda leaders to articulate their grievances before authorities, rather than relying on intermittent pleas for monetary and personal assistance from the President. According to Hon. Mbidde, such pleas often overlook the larger problems faced by the Banyarwanda and Barundi ethnic groups, leaving their concerns unaddressed.
During his address, Hon. Dr. Mbidde proposed a comprehensive bill that aims to address the concerns and rights of the Banyarwanda and Barundi ethnic groups in Uganda. Titled “The Banyarwanda and Barundi Ethnic Groups Protection and Management Act,” the bill seeks to provide a framework for the management and protection of these ethnic groups while ensuring the security requirements of the state.
The proposed bill includes provisions to recognize the Banyarwanda and Barundi ethnic groups as indigenous ethnic groups of Uganda, aligning with the relevant articles of the Constitution. It also affirms the citizenship of individuals from these groups, ensuring that they enjoy the same rights and privileges as other Ugandan citizens.
To oversee the implementation and enforcement of the Act, the bill establishes a Protection Authority and a Board. The Protection Authority will compile and maintain a comprehensive database on membership within the Banyarwanda and Barundi ethnic groups, while the Board will consist of representatives from immigration, security, elders and the respective communities.
The bill further outlines management and protection measures to safeguard the rights and dignity of the Banyarwanda and Barundi ethnic groups. It addresses issues such as discrimination, segregation and torture, while also focusing on equal opportunities and treatment regarding travel documents, national identity cards, and government bursaries.
Recognizing the importance of reparations and redress, the bill includes provisions to address past injustices or violations suffered by the Banyarwanda and Barundi ethnic groups. It ensures that affected individuals or communities have access to legal remedies and fair compensation.
The proposed bill also specifies mechanisms for implementation and enforcement, including penalties for non-compliance and includes transitional provisions to facilitate a smooth transition to the new framework.
The meeting concluded with a renewed sense of unity and determination among the Banyarwanda community to advocate for their rights and protect the interests of their ethnic group. The Lugogo meeting was attended by the Chairman of UMUBANO Ugandan Banyarwanda Donat Kananura and the Task Force Chairman Owek Simon Kayitana who stressed the importance of the Mbidde Bill as a permanent solution for the Banyarwanda issues.(For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at email@example.com).