President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed Ms. Fauzat Mariam Wangadya as the Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), the Daily Express confirms.
The President made the announcement on Thursday, July 15, through his official Twitter account where he revealed other appointments thus.
“By the Powers given to me under Article 51(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby, appoint Ms. Marriam Wangadya as Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission,” the President tweeted.
The position of UHRC Chairperson fell vacant after the death of Mr. Meddie Kaggwa who was the head of the commission by then.
Ms. Wangadya who has been serving as Deputy Inspector General of Government will now take over from Commissioner Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti Wa Irumba who has been the acting chairperson since November 2019.
The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) was established under the 1995 Constitution of Uganda to promote and protect human rights and freedoms in the country in recognition of Uganda’s violent and turbulent history that had been characterized by arbitrary arrests, detention without trial, torture, and brutal repression with impunity on the part of security organs during the pre and post-independence era.
The UHRC Chairperson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration and management of the affairs of the Commission, to control and provide logistical support for the staff of the Commission, and the administration and control of the funds of the Commission in accordance with the Finance Act (2003).
The Directorate also oversees the human resource, systems administration, and procurement functions of the Commission. It is additionally charged with the responsibility of overseeing the development and implementation of the UHRC Strategic Plan.