The meeting could not proceed on Monday after the UHRC Chairperson, Mariam Wangadya, appeared at the Speaker’s Boardroom with only two of her Commissioners.
LOP Mathias Mpuuga (L) and UHRC Chairperson Mariam Wangadya (R) at the Speaker's Boardroom
A meeting convened
by Speaker Anita Among with officials of the Uganda Human Rights Commission - UHRC, and the Leader
of Opposition in Parliament - LOP to discuss human rights abuses and the fate of the alleged
18 missing opposition supporters has flopped.
On Tuesday last week,
Among called for the meeting following four fresh demands by the
Opposition tasking the Government to unconditionally
release all political prisoners and institute a Commission of Inquiry to
investigate the disappearance of 18 supporters who have been declared non-existent
by the UHRC.
meeting could not proceed on Monday after the UHRC Chairperson, Mariam Wangadya, appeared at
the Speaker’s Boardroom with only two of her Commissioners.
also no representatives from the Police and Ministry of Internal Affairs.
the LOP, who appeared with Solomon Silwany, a Parliamentary Commissioner and
Kimanya-Kabonera Member of Parliament, Dr. Abed Bwanika said the meeting failed
to take off after Wangadya said that the other commissioners were upcountry engaged in work.
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Among described the meeting as a preparation for another one scheduled
later this month, which will involve all commissioners from UHRC, the
Police leadership, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to address concerns
about missing persons and other human rights-related issues.
In its annual report released on October 11,
2023, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), revealed that the
Commission has resolved to close 18 files of the allegedly missing National
Unity Platform - NUP party supporters after failing to trace them.
In a recent statement to respond to alleged missing
persons, the State Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen. David Muhoozi cited
inconsistencies in the numbers and testimonies in the various claims of
reported disappeared persons.
According to Muhoozi, the next of kin of the
missing persons have declined to give statements to police, making it difficult
for the government to conclude investigations.
Mpuuga also welcomed the
sanctions by the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken against Johnson Byabshaija, the Commissioner General of Uganda Prisons Service for
allegedly committing human rights abuses against opposition leaders and other
groups including homosexuals.
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In their fresh demands, the Opposition demanded that Parliament
establishes a Select Committee to investigate alleged cases of rape, and
defilement as well as the transfer of all persons being subjected to unlawful
trials before the Court Martial.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and later Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.