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MEDIATING ADEQUATE LIVING RIGHTS’ CLAIMS FOR NAMPOMERO GORRET AND HER EIGHT CHILDREN

In May of 2022, through one of our Community Advocacy Groups (CAGs) members in Kyankwanzi District, Center for Food and Adequate Living Rights (CEFROHT) got in touch with Nampomero Gorret whose rights and those of her children were violated when their father deliberately refused to fulfill his parental obligation of providing for the basic needs.

The father of the children had deserted the wife and children with no source of livelihood. He had denied them a chance to use the available land and neither did Nampomero have a source of income for a source of livelihood. Nampomero and her children were left at the mercy of well-wishers who occasionally provided food and a few basic needs.

Using the Human Rights (Enforcement) Act, 2019, CEFROHT’s legal response team instituted a suit on behalf of Nampomero and her children in the Magistrate’s Court of Kiboga against the father of the children for his failure to provide maintenance to his children thereby violating their rights to livelihood, an adequate standard of living and adequate food.

After serving the case upon him, the father of the children contacted CEFROHT through our toll free line, he informed CEFROHT’s lawyers that he was one of the beneficiaries of CEFROHT’s sensitization on adequate living rights in Kyankwanzi District.

“I did not know that my actions were human rights violations of my children but CEFROHT opened my eyes.” said the father of the children.

During the mediation meeting, Magandaazi apologized to his wife for having abandoned her and children. He committed to provide maintenance of the children and also transferred one acre of land to the wife’s name so that she can cultivate crops for the children. This was followed by entering the consent judgment on court record by Her Worship Bamukunda Caroline on the 28th of June 2022. Nampomero has now planted maize and beans on the land she was given for food and to also sell and get money for the benefit of the children.

Just like in this case, CEFROHT continues to raise awareness of adequate living rights and how to access justice using the quick and easy procedures and the redress mechanisms provided for under the Human Rights (Enforcement) Act, 2019.