Have you ever wondered how you can encounter justice without a personal lawyer? Worry no more because young innovators have come up with systems that are going to work for you so that you can taste the hand of fairness.
Brain Ndyaguma, the business project manager for the Hague institute for innovation of Law (HiiL) said they discovered that in Uganda there is pressing need for justice in line with land, family justice, law enforcement and crime.
Speaking at the innovating justice conference in Kampala on Friday Ndyaguma said this was a worldwide call for young innovators and out of the 400 applications received, Uganda had 10 innovators who came up with new strategies on how these pressing needs could be addressed.
Valeria Nankinga one of the via app innovators said her innovation mainly benefits drivers who do not know some of their rights.
Valeria Nankinga Via app innovator
"For instace when a traffic officer stops you on the way and asks for a driving permit when you have forgotten it at home, you simply open the app and speak through it and ask what you should do at that time.
The app will respond immediately and tell you what you are supposed to do,". She adds that in most cases some drivers are detained before 24 hours elapse when they truly have driving licenses.
Nankinga said the app will also help in solving family land related issues.
"If you have the app on your smart phone, you will probably speak through it and explain what the problem is, the app will direct you to a pro bono lawyer who will assist you," she added.
Anatoli Kirigwajo (Yunga-inovator)
Anatoli Kiligwajo another innovator believes in connecting with neighbors to curb crime and also promote justice.
Kiligwajo's Yunga innovation is a local rescue digital network for neighbors. This app helps residents quickly respond to each other in times of an emergency or an attack.
Kiligwajjo says he is working with Police in the system of local defence Units and 10 house systems in curbing crime.
Ndyaguma said with just treatment of humanity it would reduce stress, violence and poverty as well as improving opportunities by increasing access to justice and making the justice system more inclusive.