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UHRC Investigating Ssebulime Murder

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) says that it is currently investigating the murder of Ronald Ssebulime who was killed in March this year.

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) says that it is investigating the murder of Ronald Ssebulime.

Ssebulime was shot dead by police after he was allegedly arrested and handcuffed on March 24 in Kayunga District following a claim by ICT State Minister Ida Nantaba that some assassins were trailing her on a motorbike.

Last month Mukono Grade One Magistrate Mariam Nalugya Semwanga remanded a 46-year-old Corporal David Ssali to Luzira prison for allegedly shooting to death Ssebulime.

Med S.K Kaggwa, the chairperson of the Commission told Members of Parliament on the Human Rights committee that the matter is currently under investigation with possible compensation.

The Director Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services, Ida Nakiganda says that the commission is investigating the matter that the Uganda Police Force has since established that it was an extra-judicial murder.

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Nakiganda added that there is a possibility for compensation if the police officers involved are found culpable by the Commission.

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Earlier, MPs led by the committee chairperson, Nantume Egunyu and Kumi municipality MP, Monica Amoding asked what the commission has done ever since Ssebulime’s murder and whether there is a possibility of his family being compensated.

Amoding noted that since the police have since admitted that its officers killed Ssebulime in cold blood, his family has legitimate claims for compensation.

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The commission was also asked what it has done following complaints of torture and harassment from fishermen about the operations of the Fisheries Protection Unit.

Amoding also complained that the police are not implementing the Public Order Management Act, 2014 as expected, but has instead used it to block activities of opposition politicians.

The Commission chairperson, Med Kaggwa says that the body plans to organize a sensitization retreat for the police. He agrees that the force is misinterpreting Public Order Management Act by thinking that they have the power to grant permission to people to hold public gatherings. 

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