Press Statement for Immediate Release
4th September 2017
On the early morning of Monday, September 4th, 2017, Akina Mama wa Afrika a Pan African Feminist Leadership Development Organization that champions gender equality and women's rights, found that their headquarters in Kampala, Uganda had been broken into and ransacked of money, three desktops, and telephone terminal together with other accessories.
The break in which was noticed by the Office Assistant when he entered the office ahead of the team as he embarked on routine morning clean up, most likely happened in the night. He found the office money safe, ordinarily secured in another office at the reception area and furniture disorganized.
The incident has been reported to the police, and while investigations are still ongoing the intent of the intruders remains unclear. It remains too early to record all missing equipment and/ or records.
Since 2012, there has been a wave of office break-ins targeting offices of Uganda Civil Society. Despite over 50 incidents reported to the Ugandan Police, there have been no meaningful efforts to ensure the perpetuators are brought to book.The lack of accountability and persistent impunity for such attacks raises suspicion as to whether the attacks are condoned and tolerated by authorities.
The Board and Management of Akina Mama wa Afrika, has called on the Police to undertake speedy and thorough investigations in order to bring the perpetuators of these attacks to justice and ensure the recovery of the stolen equipment and/ or records.
Akina Mama wa Afrika appreciates all the support so far received from the Police, Civil Society Organizations and Friends of Akina Mama wa Afrika.
It is indeed a dark day at Akina Mama wa Afrika but also a wakeup call to Human Rights Organizations to remain alert to the ongoing threats and collectively work to secure our personal and office security.