The Human Rights Committee Chairperson Janepher Egunyu Nantume told URN that they are facing some administrative challenges, which have hindered the start of the work. According to a source within the committee, Parliament didn’t budget for standing committees in the third quarter and they are only waiting for the next course of action.
The Minister of Security Gen. Elly Tumwine has set conditions for Parliament’s Human Rights Committee if the Director General Internal Security Organization (ISO) must appear to give information concerning alleged torture in safe houses.
A section of Members of Parliament sitting on the Human Rights committee and former Buganda Kingdom Premier Dan Muliika on Wednesday visited Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine at Lubaga Hospital.
The Bill, drafted in 2015, provides for the protection and safety of witnesses in court proceedings and the facilitation of all persons with information relating to proceedings of an investigation, trial, inquiry or procedure. It also provides for the establishment of a Witness Protection Agency.
Government has revived its call for the relocation of Luzira Prisons with the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire saying the facility should not be located in the capital city.
In her letter to Jovah Kamateeka, the Human Rights Committee Chairperson, the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige lists six terms of reference for the committee, key among them is to establish the legal status Nalufenya Police facility especially in regards to holding suspects.
Kamateeka who appealed to the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to reign on his officers who torture suspects, said that her committee is up to the challenge and optimistic that police will be forthcoming with information.
Such an arrangement was a point of contention in a meeting between the committee and a team from Uganda Prisons Service today. The team was led by the Commissioner General of Prisons Johnson Byabashaija.
Legislators on the Committee on Human Rights have demanded the resignation of the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura for heading a force that continues to use violence against civilians. While appearing before the committee on Tuesday, the legislators tasked General Kayihura to explain the brutality witnessed in Kampala following the impeachment of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago over a week ago.
Kamateeka said that she suggested that government looks for money to conduct a referendum on the bill. She said that it is not a law to be decided on by only parliament but all citizens should take part in making this decision. She added that every Ugandan should have an opportunity to have their input and an opinion on this bill.