Justice might have been delayed but not necessarily denied as news reaching our desk indicates that victims in the case against Renee Bach and Serving His Children (S.H.C.) have been compensated with 35,000, 000 UGX each as the case was closed.
This came after a series of meditations between the victims and the respondents which resulted in the signing of a consent judgment on 27th July 2020 in which it was agreed upon that the perpetrators would compensate the bereaved families with UGX 35,000,000 each and no party would pursue any further legal actions against each other in regards to this matter.
Briefly about the background of this case: Renee Bach and Serving His Children (S.H.C.) were accused of occasioning the death of two children namely Elijah Kabagambe ( 1 and a half years old) and Twalali Kifabi (three years old) after they were subjected to health and medical procedures by the respondents who were not licensed to operate in Uganda. The respondents operated a health facility in Jinja District where they took advantage of illiterate and unsuspecting mothers including Zubeda Gimbo and Annet Kakai, the mothers of Twalali and Elijah respectively.
These two would later on become third parties in this public interest case launched by Women’s Probono Initiative (W.P.I.) a Civil Society Organisation whose goal is to promote access to justice for women and girls through Legal aid and Advocacy. However, it is worth noting that these two children were not the only ones affected as hundreds are reported to have died at the hands of Renee Bach and Serving His Children.
“We can confirm that the file is closed in our office and call on the public to remain alert to unprofessional conduct that may result into human rights violations of vulnerable people in our society. We urge you all to be your sister’s keeper. We will continue in our pursuit of justice for vulnerable people in our society.”Liz Achola, Legal Oficer, Women’s Probono Initiative.
In their press brief, Women’s Pro Bono Initiative (W.P.I.) confirmed that Serving His Children (S.H.C.) has since ceased to operate in Uganda and Renee Bach no longer resides in Uganda. The further confirmed receipt of the compensation.