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Palliative care patient with HIV assisted to reclaim her property rights

On 6/5/2016 while at Makutu Health Centre 111 in Mayuge district the legal officer was approached by a Palliative care patient one Margret Kakaile aged 55years from Makutu sub-county Mayuge district who had been advised to share her problem with the lawyer by a community paralegal. Margret was very uncomfortable and in total confusion amidst her weak state due to her husband’s death threats. She informed the lawyer that her husband David Kakaire, had deserted her and told her that he would return after her death.  Two years later (still alive) the husband ordered her to vacate his home and live with whoever infected her with HIV or else he would kill her. The lawyer counselled her and engaged the elders of the husbands’ family to summon him for a family meeting to address the challenge at hand. The lawyer guided the elders on how to mediate the session and how to protect and promote the rights of Margret whose life was in danger from both the husband and due to her health challenges.  The family member’s obliged and summoned Mr. David for a mediation on the matter. While on her follow up visits; the UGANET lawyer received the good news from a smiling Margret – who warmly hugged the lawyer for what she termed as ‘life insurance’ that the lawyer had brought into her life. She updated the lawyer that her intervention yielded fruits. The husband (David) was summoned and elders engaged him extensively as per the lawyer’s guide; he later apologized and promised never to disturb the wife (Margret) so that she lives peacefully with her children using the land. The clan leaders told him to put his promise in writing which he did and a copy of the same was given to Margret. Margret is so happy; she now can listen and adhere to her treatment prescriptions and she says she is at peace because she is at long last able to enjoy her stay in her home without any fears.

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