By PATRICK JARAMOGI
GAYAZA, Uganda-SHIFTMEDIA– It was glamour, pomp and excitement as Center For Food and Adequate Living Rights (CEFROHT) officially launched its magnificent home located in Gayaza, some 15kms outside Uganda’s capital Kampala.
Counsel David Kabanda, the Chief Executive CEFROHT couldn’t hide his excitement as he eulogized the journey to this great milestone. The journey along the path to this achievement wasn’t a walk in the park.
Kabanda whose recitation about how far he has come over the years brought mixed feeling of tears and joy among the scores of guests, many leading lawyers in town, well-wishers, and friends, was particularly grateful to one woman, his mother.
“We grew up during famine, though our family didn’t ever lack food, thanks to my mother, I grew up with a mission to ensure that no one lacks food, dies of hunger or dies while giving birth,” recited Kabanda.
The reason he and scores of other started CEFROHT was to ensure adequate food rights for all, especially teenagers and expecting mothers.
CEFROHT, according to Kabanda wouldn’t have reached where it is today if it wasn’t for a few people he wished he would fly direct to ‘heaven”. Those accomplices along the way were honored at the event that was graced by the Chief Justice Alphonse Owinyi Dollo, albeit in absencia.
The list had the likes of Dr Zahara, the special Doctor of law, Dr. Kabumba, Mrs Daphine Kibira, Jane Nalunga, the Executive Director SEATINI, Primah Kwagala, the Vice Board Chairperson for CEFROHT, Denis Kibira from HEPS Uganda, Dr. Peter Rukundo the nutritionist from Kyambogo University, Henry Richard Kimera, and none other than Prof Achileo Kaaya the CEFROHT Board chairperson among others.
“Special thanks also goes to donors within and abroad who donated generously to make this day a success,” said Kabanda.
As he announced the launching of integrated program on Law Food and Human Rights, Kabanda hailed his dedicate staff whom he described as “very young and energetic.”
Guests praise CEFROHT
Though the speeches were lengthy, they kept the hundreds of guests attentive and warm. Prof Kaaya, the board chair, and lecturer of Food Science and Technology said:”You cant be a man until you have a home.” He congratulated CEFROHT upon getting a home. “Once you are sure of a nutritious and safe food, then you have hopes for living,” he said
Jane Nalunga who was described as a great advisor and supporter urged CEFROHT to ensure that adequate laws are put in place to safeguard Ugandans against consuming unsafe food.
Dr. Peter Rukundo, a leading nutritionist said food is the most fundamental human rights for which humanity can be anchored upon.”Hungry people cant be listened to in the communities. The right to food also means the right to adequate food,” said Rukundo.
He said the other fundamental right is the right to be free from hunger. “The big debate is however shifting from the right to food to the right to nutritious food,” he said.
Chief Justice applauds CEFROHT
Justice Alphonse Owinyi Dollo expressed gratitude with CEFROHT for using laws in the land to challenges issues that affect the right to food.
Represented by Her Worship Flavia Nasuuna Matovu the Head of Inspectorate Department at the Judiciary, Owinyi Dollo said currently 2.1 million Ugandan children are stunted. “Research has shown that Vitamin A deficiency is still the leading cause of morbidity among infants.
Core values of CEFROHT
CEFROHT strides for a world where the right to adequate Living for everyone is realized. Their mission is to promote Social Justice in food, agriculture and investment systems through strategic litigation, research advocacy and community empowerment.
CEFROHT is a human rights not for profit organization that applies a human rights-based approach to food and nutrition, and trade related systems and its linkage to the right to sustainable livelihoods.