Parliament vets Wangadya, Kaheru, and 3 others as new UHRC bosses

Ms. Mariam Wangadya speaks to the Press (File Photo)

The Parliamentary Appointments Committee Wednesday vetted Ms. Mariam Wangadya as the new chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).

Wangadya, the former Deputy Inspector General of Government (IGG) replaces the late Meddie Kaggwa who held the position until November 2019, when he collapsed dead in his car near Mulago roundabout.

The Appointments committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker Anitah Among vetted Ms. Wangadya first followed by the four other commissioners who included the former minister of Ethics and Integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo, the former chairman of Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) Crispin Kaheru, former Kawempe division Councillor Shifra Lukwago and Ms. Atuheire Jacklet the former woman MP of Sheema district.

Speaking after vetting, Wangadya appealed to Parliament to help the commission to ensure that awards made by previous human rights tribunals are paid. “Normally when court awards in redress by way of damages, the procedure is that we enforce their judgement,” she said

Crispin Kaheru one of the newly vetted commissioners said: “My first point of call will be to explore ways through which the Commission can be positively felt in line with its human rights mandate.”

The new leadership is expected to expedite the over 100 petitions filed since the death of Meddi Kagwa.

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