Members of People’ Rights and forum for development Kabarole District have received and out cry from the local citizens about the issue of insecurity in the sub county of Mugusu Kabarole District .
“We have received many business people complaining being stolen and robbed of their goods from their shops at night, and Local citizens who reported the case at Mugusu police station took a step and asked the police officers whether they are always on night duty when ever their shops are broken and goods robbed , local citizens wondered if the police officers have a hand in doing this but as a forum we are now working closely with the police investing the issue and soon we shall find out who does this.” Said Mr Mukwano Ssenyonjo leader of the Forum.
“There is a lot of insecurity in Mugusu Sub-county, people’s retail shops are routed everyday and now business people have resorted to sleeping in their shops to guard their goods, we wonder what is the duty and work of a police officer who is always on duty at night with his gun. The robbing is always done when the police officers are on duty every-night, but as a forum we have reported the issue to the district leaders and the concerned leaders from Kabarole District are investing this issue “. Said Tibenda Stephen the Secretary of People’ Rights and forum for development , Kabarole District.
Tibenda adds that on 1st February 2015 the leader of People’ Rights and forum for development Mr Mukwono appeared on Better FM on listener Forum a program sponsored by ToroDev sharing and talking about the issue of insecurity, over 10 people from Mugusu sub county called in and sent SMS asking the police officers to do their duty or if they can’t the local citizens will start sleeping in their shops to guard their properties and local citizens will find out if the Police of Mugusu has a hand in robbing people’ shops.
The formation of advocacy forums for physical meetings and training of ruralmonitors has motivated, informed, unified and contributed towards desirablechange in service delivery and accountability in the districts of Rwenzori Region.
Most of the advocacy forums have been formed by the 120 rural monitors trained by ToroDev in online advocacy, monitoring service delivery using online social media/ICT tools like Ushahidi platform for online documentation, visualization and mapping. The Advocacy Forums also use FM Radio Broadcasting as an ICT tool for “convergence or hub” since it is the most accessed media channel in the rural areas of the Rwenzori Region.