The probe team led by Vice-chairperson of the Committee Agnes Taaka Wejulu interacted with former Presidential candidates including, Democratic Party’s Norbert Mao , Alliance for National Transformation (ANT)’s Mugisha Muntu, and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
Museveni speaking at a State House event last year. Online Photo.
The Human Rights Committee of parliament will not interface
with President Museveni as it finalizes its probe on rights violations during
The probe stems from the Speaker's directive that
the committee should take stock of the human rights violations that
marred the electoral process.
The probe team led by Vice-chairperson of the Committee Agnes Taaka Wejulu
interacted with former Presidential candidates including, Democratic Party’s Norbert
Mao , Alliance for National Transformation (ANT)’s Mugisha Muntu, and Forum for
Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat Oboi. Others they met are
Independent candidate Willy Mayambala, Joseph Kabuleta, Nancy Kalembe, John
Katuma and Fred Mwesigye.
They also interfaced with victims of violence and security
for the past month. The probe sought to interact with all Presidential
candidates, but of the 11, only 8
turned up, while Independent candidate Gen Henry Tumukunde, National Unity
Platfom (NUP)'s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and now President Museveni for the
NRM will not be interacted with.
Kyagulanyi had travelled on a trip abroad by
the time he was scheduled to appear and was represented by NUP par leadership,
while Gen Tumukunde said he had not been contacted. The committee had hoped to
meet President Museveni.
Now according to the Vice-chairperson of the Committee,
Agnes Taala Wejuli, they wrote to the President before the probe started but
they have not got a communication to date.
“We have finalized with our report, but we will not interact
with the President, as a candidate who also participated in the race”, she said.
Because he is the head of the state, the committee was
planning on Interacting with President Museveni at State House unlike the
usual meetings in the Parliament committee rooms.
Wejuli however told Uganda Radio Network that since they
interacted with the secretariat, it is still okay and their issues will still
be reported on the probe. But some members of Parliament who sit on the committee had
reservations about finalising the report without meeting the President to ask him the same
Silvia Akello, the Otuke Woman MP and member of the
the committee says that although they had questions for the President in his
capacity as a former candidate, this will no longer happen as they cannot meet
“We have scored between 70 to 80% of our interactions, and
this is fair enough as you cannot score
100, but our hope was to interact with the President and ask the questions like
we did with others”, she said.