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Parliament to vet new UHRC commissioner on Wednesday

Ms. Mariam Wangadya is the newly appointed UHRC Chairperson (File Photo)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Parliament has set tomorrow (Wednesday, August 25) the date to vet the five individuals recently appointed by President Museveni to fill top positions at the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC)

These among others include the former deputy IGG, Ms. Mariam Wangadya who the President appointed to become the new UHRC chairperson replacing the late Med Ssozi Kaggwa at the helm.

Other individuals appointed as UHRC commissioners include; Former Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo, Ms. Shifrah Lukwago, the former Kampala Woman Mp and a stronghold of the opposition Democratic Party (DP), Mr. Crispin Kaheru the former Executive Director for Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), and Atuheire Jacklet the former Sheema District Woman Member of Parliament.

According to the letter issued by the Clerk of Parliament Adolf Mwesigye to members of the Appointments Committee, the vetting will be held in the main hall at Parliamentary hall.

“The Appointments Committee is scheduled to interact with these presidential nominees on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 10 am in the conference hall, parliament house,” reads the notice in part.

Since the passing of Med Kaggwa in November 2019 the commission has been stuck with a bulging case backlog since it couldn’t handle any case in the absence of a substantive chairperson.

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