The Human Rights Committee will not be able to cover the several parts of the country like they had planned but will only go to 8 districts of Ntungamo, Masaka, Mbale, Mayuge, Lira, Gulu, Kampala and Wakiso due to funding.
Members of Parliament's Human Rights Committee pose for a picture outside the Kyengera suspected Safe House.
The Human Rights Committee of
parliament will finally head to the field to probe rights violations during
elections a month after they were tasked to do so.
In February, committee chair
Janepher Egunyu Nantume decided to postpone investigations into the matter due
to funding problems. The probe that seeks
to interact with all Presidential candidates, victims of violence and
stakeholders stems from the Speaker's
directive that the committee
should take stock of the human rights violations
that marred the electoral process. Parliament had not budgeted for any
committee work in the third quarter due to the effects of the COVID-19
However this process was
limited because of money, forcing the committee to run back to the Speaker who
sent them to the field, and complain over the lack of funds. Now Uganda Radio
Network (URN) has learnt that Parliament has got the money and the team is set
to start field work next week on 10th March.
Although URN could not establish how much money
was released, Each MP on the committee earns 400,000 Shillings in per diem for
a day while the other members of delegation get between 200,000 Shillings and
300,000 Shillings per day. There are 30 members on the committee.
At least 100 million Shillings is required on
average for the committees depending on the number of days. Parliament pays for
the meals and accommodation separately among other requirements for the
legislators and parliamentary staff.
Hellen Kaweesa, the Acting Director Corporate and
Public Affairs of Parliament, says that finally they have got some money for the committee and work should start its work on 4th March.
She says there was no money
at that time but funds were secured and the team should be moving out this week
for their work.
Kawesa says that funds have been
secured and the committee can now continue with their work. Several other committees
however still remain without funding, and might be affected in case of a field
The Human Rights Committee will
not be able to cover several of the parts of the country like they had planned but
will only go to 8 districts of Ntungamo, Masaka, Mbale, Mayuge, Lira , Gulu ,
Kampala and Wakiso due to funding.
“ We will go to the areas
based on the statistics on violence given to us by the Research committee and
hopefully, we will do sampling of those areas” a committee source said.
URN has learnt that the team
will then finalize with Kampala where they will then meet all the candidates.