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Human Rights Lawyers Want KCCA to Compensate Family of Woman Who Drowned with 500M

Legal Brains Trust, a democracy and human rights organization, has dragged Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Attorney General in connection with the drowning of Cissy Namukasa, in a flooded open manhole in Nakawa, Kampala on May 2.

The legal Brains also petitioned court to declare that the delay, refusal or failure of KCCA and the Attorney General to enforce a clear plan to protect city dwellers from loss of life, limb and property as a result of unsafe and hazardous roads, drainage channels, sewers and related infrastructure; contravenes the core state obligations to respect, protect and fulfil fundamental and other human rights enshrined in articles 20, 21, 24, 26, 39, 45 and 50 of the Constitution of Uganda and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The organization seeks a declaration by court that Ms Cissy Namukasa’s right to life was violated as a result of the KCCA’s failure to make city drainage channels safe for pedestrians.

Similarly, Legal Brains Trust also seek compensation to the tune of Shs500 million for the family Namukasa.

They also want court to order for KCCA and the Attorney General to admit responsibility for the planning failures and take steps to protect city dwellers especially pedestrians from the dangers of unsafe roads, drainage channels and other infrastructure within their jurisdiction.

Cissy Namukasa, 56, drowned on Saturday May 11 in Nakawa drainage channel during a heavy down pour.