Victims of Electoral Violence Set up Museum

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Dr. Posiano Mugyenyi, the brain behind the museum says the country needs a center where cases of human rights abuses during elections can be documented.

Victims of the wide spread violence in the National Resistance Movement party primaries in Isingiro District have set up a museum for future reference. 



The museum is housed in an incomplete building in Kabingo town council in Isingiro district. It was set up using private member's savings.  Currently, the museum has gathered some documents, photos and portraits of victims of electoral violence.



Dr. Posiano Mugyenyi, the brain behind the museum says the country needs a center where cases of human rights abuses during elections can be documented.
 

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Dr. Mugyenyi contested for the election of NRM flag bearer for Isingiro North MP and lost to the incumbent Retired Major Bright Rwamirama. 



Mugenyi and his supporters were victims of the election violence. He says documenting cases of human rights violations during polls will help guide the future generations.


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The decision to establish the museum for election related cases has generated mixed reactions from local politicians. Donozio Kibanda, the Isingiro District NRM party Publicity Secretary has rubbished the development saying it is aimed at portraying the ruling government as a promoter of human rights abuses.
 

Agnes Happy, a resident of Kabingo town council says documenting the human rights violations may land those behind the museum in trouble given the fact that the leading perpetrators of the abuses are state actors.
 
 
Valeria Kamugisha contested for the NRM ticket for the Kabingo Town council LC 3 chairperson's seat. Kamugisha says that he was kidnapped on the eve on the primary elections and tortured before he was locked up in police cells under unclear circumstances.
 
 
According to Kamugisha, although the idea of opening a museum is good, it may be difficult to tell stories of human rights abuses to the new generation without photographic evidence.




Records at Isingiro Central Police Station show that 90 cases of electoral violence were registered between the months of July and October. 
 
 

 

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Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.