Uganda has just concluded the general elections 2015/2016, and the president has been sworn inn and by end of May 2016 the parliament will have followed suit ready to take their roles as peoples representatives.
Following a series of interviews done by ToroDev under the rural radio debate segment, where we mainstream the participation of grassroots’ citizens especially women and the youth who in the past had ignored the election of leaders which contributed to having incompetent leaders leading to poor service delivery, most of the women we talked too acknowledges having participated in the recent general elections by choosing their leaders without any influence from their spouses or any other person. This is credited to the regular mobilization of electorates through ToroDev’s electoral civic education platforms including; radio talk shows, electronically pre-recorded Art/drama documentaries like skits and jingles that were being run on 3 radio stations detailing the rights and responsibilities of every citizen to actively participate in elections right from registration, nominations and campaigns, elections and post-election process that are aimed at bringing fairness and peace in the country/region.
However some districts in the Rwenzori sub region including Kasese and Bundibugyo have had post-election violence that has claimed the lives of a number of people hence need to continue mobilizing people with the message of fairness and being peaceful. To affect this, ToroDev has continued to produce skits/documentaries which communicate messages of reconciliation, fairness, and peace building so that citizens can be able to be productive and leaders work towards improving service delivery in communities.
The skit/documentary runs for 30 minutes and is played on the 3 selected radio stations before and after the ToroDev’s supported radio programs /talk shows where a number of leaders, CSO’s with a component of peace building have been hosted of the talk shows to convey messages of peace to our people in the region.
‘’We need to immediately start the process of healing and reconciliation in our people and this can be done by our leaders’’, Said Mr. Mutabingwa Joseph from Rwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice (RFPJ) while being hosted on ToroDev supported ‘Listeners Forum’ program that is aired live every Sunday 8:00pm-10:00pm on Jubilee radio.
‘’ Let us use a regional and participatory approach involving all stakeholders to address the issue of post election violence in Rwenzori region’’, said Ms Monica Basemera a caller from Kabarole district while participating live during the peace building talk show on KRC Fm ‘Manya Ekiragiro Kyawe’ program that is aired live every Wednesday 8:00-10:00pm & is supported by ToroDev.
We are grateful to all our development partners; SIDA, NED, SPIDER, CIPESA & ICT4DEM for the financial and technical support