Medicines and supplies worth UGX 5 million was destroyed in an arson attack at Kinuuka Health Center III in Lyantonde district. This was the second arson attack at the health centre.
The cause of the attack, though unclear, it is alleged that it could have its roots in disgreemnets between the current Health Unit Management Committe (HUMC) and the previous committee which has refused to hand-over office. However, the health centre also did not have adequate security – there was no security guard to protect the premises.
UNHCO intervened by organising a meeting that was attended by all stakeholders in the district including the Local Council LC I and III chairpersons, police representatives, Resident District Commissioner, HUMC members, health workers and community members.
The meeting that was held on 14th of August 2013 created an opportunity for the community to engage with the authorities to ensure that they iron-out the differences that are possibly causing the arson attacks.
Under the theme of constructive engagement, each groups representative provided an account and/or thoughts on the cause of the attacks and suggestions for ensuring that it does not happen again.
The presence of the authorities also ensured that the communities voice was heard regarding the matter. The police also managed to get a lot of information from the meeting to support their investigation which is now underway.
The meeting is one way of providing not only a voice for communities but also bridging the gap between the rights holders and duty bearers.