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Parliament vets newly appointed Human Rights Commissioners

The three nominees including former Police Spokesperson Simeo Nsubuga were on September 30 appointed by President Museveni, pending vetting by the parliament.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Parliamentary Appointments Committee Monday vetted the newly appointed commissioners to the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).

The three nominees including former Police Spokesperson Simeo Nsubuga were on September 30 appointed by President Museveni, pending vetting by the parliament.

Other nominees in the appointment letter included Mr. Omara Apita, the former Commissioner of Physical Education and Sports in the Education Ministry, and Col Steven Basaliza.

On Monday 10, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, revealed that he had chaired parliament’s appointments committee to vet the nominees.

He noted that the Committee will submit their decision to the appointing authority for further action.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) was established under the 1995 Constitution to among others investigate, at its own initiative or upon a complaint made by any person or group of persons against the violation of any human rights, visit prisons, and places of detention or related facilities, with a view of assessing and inspecting conditions of the inmates and make recommendations, and establish a programme of research, education and information to enhance respect of human rights.

The Commission is composed of a Chairperson, and not less than three other persons, appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament.

Members of the Commission have to be persons of high moral character and proven integrity. They serve for a period of six years and are eligible for re-appointment.

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