UNLOCKING JUSTICE - TEDxLuziraPrison
On 22nd March 2018, APP hosted Uganda’s first ever prison-based TEDx and Graduation Thanksgiving in Luzira Upper Prison, Kampala.
TEDxLuziraPrison was a groundbreaking event. It provided a global platform for prisoners and activists to present ideas, demonstrate learning and highlight transformation under the theme ‘UNLOCKING JUSTICE’.
Friends and family from around the world joined APP, the Ugandan and Kenyan Prison Service, EU Uganda and ESCO in celebration of three uniquely talented individuals – Susan Kigula, Moses Ekwam and Pascal Kakuru – who all graduated with a world-class University of London (UoL) Law Degree (LLB).
APP welcomed many senior officials including the Deputy Chief Justice Hon. Justice Owiny Dollo, Uganda Prison Service Commissioner-General Dr Johnson Omuhende, and other prison officials from both the Ugandan and Kenyan Prison Services, and the University of London.
MEET THE SPEAKERS:
TEDx Speakers included: Nighat Dad – a Pakistani lawyer and internet activist who runs the not-for-profit organisation Digital Rights Foundation; Agnes Igoye – Uganda’s Deputy National Coordinator for Prevention of Trafficking in Persons who built a rehabilitation centre for survivors of trafficking in Uganda; and Jason Flom – the Founder and CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing, and founding board member of the Innocence Project.
Both events were live-streamed and shared through social media with thousands of people participating from around the world.
MEET THE GRADUATES:
Lawyer, Law Graduate
Moses Ekwam was a private in the Ugandan Army from Eastern Uganda who was sentenced to a term of 5-years at Luzira Prison (Boma). Whilst there, he completed his University of London Diploma in the Common Law and then commenced his LLB Degree. 4 years and 11 months into his sentence Moses' conviction was overturned and he was released. He was re-admitted into the army and posted to the Oliver Tambo School of leadership whilst he continued his legal studies. He achieved his LLB Degree and was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to the army's legal services wing where he now serves as a military prosecutor.
Susan Kigula, APP ambassador
Death Penalty Fighter, Law Graduate
Susan Kigula entered Luzira Women’s Prison at the age of 21, in 2000. After participating in African Prison Project’s (APP) Leadership Programme she took the opportunity to study Law, via the University of London (UoL) International Programme.
Susan was the first female inmate to study and graduate with a Diploma in Common Law, followed by a Law Degree (LLB). In 2009 she led a death penalty petition, in the Ugandan Constitutional Court, with 417 other death row inmates, challenging mandatory death sentences, and as a result, mandatory death sentences were abolished in Uganda.
Inmate, Law Graduate
Pascal Kakuru remains in Luzira Upper Prison – Uganda’s only maximum security facility – and is due for release in 2019. Pascal’s commitment and hard work identified him as an ideal candidate for the University of London’s (UoL) International Programme.
He became the African Prison Project’s (APP) first student to receive a Law Degree from UoL in September 2017. Pascal now supports others as a Graduate Assistant to the prison-based APP Law Degree Tutors as well as becoming Editor of the prison Law Journal.