Mariam Wangadya, Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), voiced her apprehension regarding the insufficient daily fuel allowance of Shs 20,000, citing its impact on her operational capabilities. Formerly the Deputy Inspector General of Government, Wangadya emphasized that her current salary is only two-thirds of her counterpart’s salary at the Inspectorate of Government, a constitutional body.
In her testimony before Parliament on Monday, Wangadya disclosed that her daily fuel allowance of Shs 20,000 totals to Shs 600,000 monthly. With the current petrol cost at Shs 5,500 per liter, this allowance covers merely 3 liters of fuel daily, compelling Wangadya to use her personal funds for additional expenses.
This financial challenge not only affects Wangadya personally but also undermines the UHRC’s ability to investigate rising instances of human rights violations across Uganda. The commission plays a pivotal role in recommending effective measures to Parliament for safeguarding human rights, including compensating victims of rights violations. Moreover, it is tasked with raising awareness of the constitution as the fundamental law among the Ugandan people.
To address these challenges, Wangadya appealed to Parliament for an additional funding of Shs 3.756 billion to improve the financial situation of UHRC staff facing financial difficulties.
In response to criticisms and pressure regarding the alleged detention of National Unity Platform (NUP) members in undisclosed locations by security services, Wangadya defended the commission’s actions. She criticized the NUP for submitting an altered list of missing persons, leading to unnecessary drama and resource wastage. Wangadya clarified that, based on their interactions, none of the individuals on the list were genuinely missing, with some residing in foreign countries and others out on bail for serious crimes. Emphasizing the need for accurate information, she underscored the commission’s commitment to addressing human rights concerns effectively.
Bukedde Journalist Lemisa Moses Allegedly Tortured by Police, UJA Calls for Urgent Action
The Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) has raised alarm over the alleged torture of senior journalist Lemisa Moses, affiliated with Bukedde Paper-Vision Group, who was reportedly brutalized into a coma by two police officers at Kapapaali Mulago Police post on Thursday, February 22, 2024.
Kabuye Ronald, speaking on behalf of UJA in a press release, provided a detailed account of the incident. According to Kabuye, Moses was violently apprehended by two officers during an eviction operation while pursuing a story in the same area. He was then charged with criminal trespass on the police post.
The distressing aspect, as highlighted by Kabuye, was the deliberate force used by the arresting officers. Moses was forcefully pushed to the ground, resulting in severe head injuries and bruises on various parts of his body. Furthermore, his camera, phone, and identification card were confiscated, along with money taken from his pocket.
Subsequently, Moses lost consciousness and nearly succumbed to his injuries while detained in police cells. It was only after other detainees demanded medical attention for him that he was finally transferred to a nearby health facility.
Kabuye emphasized the illegality and violation of Moses’ rights, as well as the broader infringement on press freedom. UJA has called upon the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate the two officers involved and take disciplinary action within one week from Friday, February 23, 2024.
Additionally, UJA demands that the officers issue a formal apology to Moses, compensate him for his damaged equipment, cover his medical expenses, and return the confiscated money.
In the absence of a satisfactory response, UJA has warned of potential demonstrations by journalists to protest against increasing impunity and has expressed readiness to pursue legal avenues to address the matter.
The incident has sparked outrage within the journalistic community, highlighting concerns about the safety and protection of journalists in the line of duty. UJA’s swift response underscores the urgency of addressing such violations and upholding the principles of press freedom and human rights.
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LGBTQ : Immigration Officer Kasumba Implicated in Homosexual Acts Wanted
Richard Kasumba, an immigration officer at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, is reportedly wanted for his alleged involvement in homosexuality, according to credible sources. An investigation committee, initiated by the human resource officer at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, reportedly found Kasumba guilty of engaging in homosexual activities and recruiting fellow staff members, both actions deemed illegal under Uganda’s laws.
Our reliable source revealed that Kasumba was transferred from the ministry’s headquarters to the immigration offices in Ngomoromo and later to Mbale during the course of the investigations. However, despite being found guilty, Kasumba has reportedly gone missing, leading the source to suspect that he may have fled the country upon learning of the investigation’s outcomes, especially after some victims confessed.
The internal affairs ministry, in collaboration with the Internal Security Organization, handled the matter, and it has now been turned over to the police for further action.
It is important to note that in May of the previous year, President Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality bill into law, implementing one of the world’s strictest anti-LGBTQ regulations, including the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality.
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