Counsel Isaac Ssemakadde, a director at Legal Brains Trust Uganda has taken Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Attorney General to court, following the drowning of Cissy Namukasa in a flooded open manhole in Nakawa, earlier this month.

Ssemakadde filed an application in the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala, arguing that Namukasa’s right to life was violated as a result of the respondents’ failure to make city drainage channels safe for pedestrians.

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He also argues that the delay, failure of KCCA and the government to implement 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 as stipulated in articles 20, 21, 24, 26, 39, 45 and 50 of the Constitution of Uganda and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

That said, the petitioners, through GEM Advocates, want the the family of Namukasa compensated to a tune of Shs500 million.

They also want the 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

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