and Chris Ocowun
LEADERS in the north have asked the Government to enact a law on the establishment of a traditional justice mechanism to promote accountability and reconciliation.
This was part of the recommendations reached at after a four-day conference on peace at St. Monica Girlsâ€™ Tailoring Centre in Gulu district recently.
Some of the people, who signed the recommendations are the Acholi paramount chief, Rwot David Onen Acana II, His Majesty Rwoth Ubimo of Ker Alur, the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Solomon Iguru and the Emorimor of Teso, Augustine Lemukol Osuban.
Others are Won Nyaci of Lango, the Agofe of the Lugbara and the Madi cultural leader, Ronald Lya Banaoceai Opi.
â€œWe recommend that the Government should establish a gender-balanced National Truth and Reconciliation Commission headed by a person and members of high moral integrity.
â€œHe or she must be recommended by the cultural and religious leaders from the war-ravaged region and appointed by the Government,â€ read the resolution. They added that the Government should set up a trust fund for the war victims.
â€œThe Uganda Amnesty Act, the Uganda Human Rights Commission Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act have to be reviewed to conform to the spirit of reconciliation, rehabilitation and accountability,â€ they suggested.
They added that traditional justice systems, alternative sentences and reparations as practiced by the cultural institutions in Acholi, Alur, Bunyoro, Lango, Lugbara, Madi, Karamoja and Teso be put in place.
â€œTraditional justice mechanisms that adequately address all crimes committed against women and children should be established,â€ read the recommendations.
Chiefs call for reconciliation law