Witnesses included victims of arrests and torture, those who sustained wounds from gunshots and relatives of missing persons. However, the committee noted that the majority of the incidents, some of which resulted in death, were never documented or even investigated by the Human Rights Commission office in the area.
Farouk Nyede, the Principal Human Rights Officer in
charge of greater Masaka sub-region is on the sport for failing to
document and violations that occurred in the area during the recent general election.
Nyende was on Thursday appearing before the Human Rights Committee of Parliament which is investigating reports of
human rights violations in the area. The committee, chaired by Bugiri Woman
MP Agnes Taaka Wejuli listened to testimonies from persons who
suffered various forms of violations during and after the campaigns.
victims of arrests and torture, those who sustained wounds from gunshots and
relatives of missing persons. However, the committee noted that the majority of the
incidents, some of which resulted in death, were never documented or even investigated
by the Human Rights Commission office in the area.
The witnesses told the committee that the Human Rights
Commission Officers in Masaka have never taken interest in the recurrent violations
even when the victims made them public.
Joseph Kasirye, the National Unity Platform-NUP registrar for
Masaka City presented before the committee a list of 25 people he says are
still missing after their arrest by security agencies. He told the committee that shortly after the declaration of
presidential election results, the army took over security in many parts of the
region and engaged in acts of gross human rights violation against people suspected not to support the ruling government.
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Michael Mulindwa, the Chairperson of the Nyendo-Mukungwe division
of Masaka city also told the committee that many of the victims of torture and
other forms of human rights violations are suffering from within their homes
without any assistance and pursuit for justice. He also cited an incident of a six-month pregnant woman who
died at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital where she was rushed after allegedly
being beaten by security operatives in Nyendo.
But Nyende noted that many of the said victims had not formally complained
to the Human Rights Commission to commence investigations. According to Nyende, their operations largely rely on the proactiveness
of the community members registering complaints with the commission to
follow-up on them.
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However, the Committee Chairperson tasked him to compile a comprehensive report
about all violations in his area of jurisdiction and submit a detailed report within three weeks.