Probe Kasese mayhem, Kadaga asks UHRC

Probe Kasese mayhem, Kadaga asks UHRC

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has asked the Uganda Human Rights Commission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses committed by security agencies during last week’s attacks in Kasese.

The Speaker made the ruling as Parliament met to continue debate on the statement on the security situation in Kasese presented by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo, on Tuesday this week.

Kadaga said it would be subjudice for Members to debate the Statement considering that the Rwenzururu King, Omusinga Charles Mumbere, was charged in court.

“I propose that the UHRC takes up and investigates areas of violation of human rights and report to the House. This should be done as a special exercise for the House,” Rt. Hon. Kadaga said.

During the sitting, the House also resolved that the Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs, to which five other MPs would be supplemented, probe the Kasese incidents in which over 50 people were killed.

The Committee is scheduled to report to the plenary before Parliament breaks off for recess.

Kadaga also asked the Police and UPDF to give justice to persons arrested. In addition, the Speaker appealed to “persons on social media to act more responsibly to avoid havoc and inflaming the Kasese problem.”

Members said there was need for a neutral arbiter considering that people were accusing government of human rights abuses and genocide. They also added that negotiations or talking peace would be a solution but would require the detained King Mumbere to be released.

Source:  Parliamentary News

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