The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) says that it is investigating
the murder of Ronald 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.
month Mukono Grade One Magistrate Mariam Nalugya Semwanga remanded a
46-year-old Corporal David Ssali to Luzira prison for allegedly shooting to
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
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
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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
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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
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.