Indigenous Ugandan tribes demand recognition by the constitution

By Edwin Muhumuza, 20 September
photo credit: Robin Yamaguchi/flickr
photo credit: Robin Yamaguchi/flickr
Indigenous minority groups have petitioned the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga demanding that government respects their rights as Ugandans. Led by the Equal Opportunities Commission, among their demands are to be included in the constitution, provided with national Identity Cards , post resettlement support after eviction as well as access to social services. The cultural leader of the Banyabindi tribe, His Highness, Mugisha Elisha Atenyi, led the delegation of cultural leaders and their representatives under the umbrella body; Indigenous Minority Groups, IMG Coalition. [ . . . ]‘Bearing in mind that the provisions of the 1995 Constitution, Article 36 provides for the rights of minorities to participate in decision making processes’. ‘We are deeply concerned that the forced eviction of IMGs from forests and other natural environment has resulted in alienation from their ancestral land, loss of identity, dignity and a sense of belonging, loss of knowledge and skills associated with their cultural ways of live, disruption of their social organization and cohesion, restriction of access to their cultural heritage sites and loss of sources of livelihood.’ His Highness, Mugisha, said.
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