Former Minister Adolf Mwesige denied UHRC job, named Clerk to Parliament

Former Defence Minister Adolf Mwesigye is the new Clerk to Parliament (PHOTO/FILE)

Former Defence Minister Adolf Mwesigye has been appointed Clerk to Parliament, an announcement that ended his hopes for the job in the Ugandan Human Rights Commission (UHRC) as its chairperson.

Mr Mwesige had last month desperately asked President Museveni to consider him for either the position of chairperson or member of UHRC in a letter dated June 10, 2021, which Daily Monitor reported to have seen then.

“Some people are already attacking me as if I have committed a crime. They are claiming that I am begging and kneeling for a job. But, it’s not what I am doing,” Mwesigye told Daily Monitor when approached to comment on the matter.

Mr Mwesige in the same letter also reminded the President of his decision to quit elective politics and serve in government in other capacities.  Mr Mwesige lost in the NRM primaries last year.

“In my letter to Your Excellency dated 2nd October 2020, I had informed you of my decision to quit elective politics and serve the government in any capacity that Your Excellency will find appropriate to deploy me in the years to come,” Mr Mwesige wrote.

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However, President Museveni on Thursday, July 15 appointed the Deputy Inspectorate of Government Mariam Wangadya as the new UHRC Chairperson, and instead sent Adolf Mwesigye to work as a clerk to Parliament replacing Ms. Jean Kibirige whom the President has retired in ‘public interest’.

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