The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, has convened the Prime Minister and party leaders in the House to discuss and try to resolve the endless allegations of human rights violations in the country.
In the meeting scheduled for Friday, the Ministers of Security and Internal Affairs, the Leader of the Opposition and the Government and Opposition Whips and the Shadow Minister of Security will also participate.
Tayebwa’s decision follows a concern about continuing human rights violations raised by opposition leader H.E. Mathias Mpuuga, during the plenary session on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
Mpuuga, said that despite several concerns raised about human rights violations, enforced disappearances and torture seem to be getting worse.
He said no action has been taken since May, when he submitted the names and contacts of people reported missing, and asked the government to at least declare them dead and use their remains.
He added that the ministers responsible for Security and Home Affairs have not reported on it despite orders from the House to do so.
“From the Opposition side, in the first and second sessions, the most critical issue was human rights abuses, enforced disappearances and torture.
Despite the government’s commitment that kidnappings and enforced disappearances are under control, the devil is back,” said Mpuuga.
It was asked whether the President was aware of the continuing violations of human rights in having condemned murders and disappearances of citizens while he was the main guest at the commemoration of the disappearance and assassination of Uganda‘s first Chief Minister, Benedict Kiwanuka, in the 1990s.
Vice President Tayebwa said the government’s failure to take action against human rights violations tarnishes Parliament’s image and said MPs made recommendations on recently adopted reports on human rights violations and the state of the prisons.
“We extensively discussed this matter a month ago because we handled two critical reports.
There was a compromise here, that in fact some of these issues were blatant and made us look ugly and this report was signed by members from both sides, we didn’t even have a minority report.
The meeting will take place in the Parliament building.