With funding support from European Union through HIVOS & RWECO, RIDE AFRICA has been able to reach out to three Sub Counties and two Town Councils of Ntoroko district.
Using a rights based approach RIDE AFRICA identified two CBOs from each of the two lower local governments with a composition of thirty members in each of the groups and equipped them with skills of identifying an emerging conflict in their local communities’ analyze and mitigate it.
This has been happily received by the locals who praised RIDE AFRICA for the timely implementation of the project. ‘We are Africans, unlike the whites who are very conversant with what it means to enjoy Human Rights’. Said one of the elders during a meeting with Kirinya Tweyimukye farmer’s savings and credit group. According to him, this statement means that we need to look at each as human beings before we can think of political differences, ethnic cultural rights, geographical demarcations among others that ignite conflicts in the region.
In the same meeting a female confessed to have been having issues with her neighbors through under-rating each other based on tribal differences. She added that, from her heart she was going to request for pardon from neighbors but also help them understand how useful and developmental it is if they promote peaceful co-existence instead of looking at themselves as individuals from different political and ethnic back grounds.
AN ELDER DISCUSSING THE ODOR OF CONFLICT IN BWERAMULE- NTOROKO DISTRICT
Margaret K Kabasinguzi Mugabi
RIDE AFRICA – Peaceful co-existence desk.