Gen. Odongo told delegates at the 40th Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights of the United Nations virtual meeting that the compensation process is ongoing and that several families have presented their claims to the office of the Attorney General.
for Foreign Affairs General Jeje Odongo has said that the government is still
processing compensation for victims of the November 2020 riots.
Fifty people were killed when riots erupted in Kampala and other parts of the
country following the arrest of National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential
Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi in Luuka District.
Kyagulanyi who was on a campaign trail was arrested for allegedly organizing a
public rally contrary to the Covid-19 guidelines that were issued by the
Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health.
the nation after the riots, President 32 of the dead were rioters while 20 were
innocent people and their families would be compensated.
On Thursday, Gen. Odongo told delegates at the 40th Universal Periodic Review
of Human Rights of the United Nations virtual meeting that the compensation
process is ongoing and that several families have presented their claims to the
office of the Attorney General.
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further told delegates that a total of 1,088 suspects were arrested following
the riots, 949 of whom were arraigned before courts of laws, 333 convicted, 128
discharged and the rest were still in court.
didn't give an account of the 139 other suspects who were arrested but not
arraigned before Court. Odong also told delegates that the government is still
conducting investigations into the incident.
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But a delegate from Norway raised concern over the excessive use of force by
police and security agencies during the riots. The delegate asked the country to
take concrete steps to protect the right to freedom of expression, association,
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from the Kingdom of Netherlands expressed
concern over the lack of accountability over the use of force during the
election period. They called for an impartial investigation into the excessive
use of force by security and ensure justice and fair trials.
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freely and independently.
General Kiryowa Kiwanuka said the November riots were not peaceful
demonstrations or assemblies but rather violent, premeditated, and organized
riots characterized by evidence of command.
that the law enforcement agencies in Uganda recognize the sanctity of life and
have always upheld human rights in the execution of their constitutional
duties. Kiwanuka also said there are no extrajudicial killings and torture by
security agencies in Uganda.
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have been on the spot for killing suspected terrorists under suspicious circumstances
during counter-terrorism operations in a spate of five months.
Last year eight suspects were shot dead. They included Mohammed Nsubuga,
Manihaji, Master Lubwama, Juma Saidi, Juma Sserwadda, Amin Kawawa
Mustapha, Moses Mudasiri, and Sheikh Muhammad Abbas Kirevu.
last year, Network for Public Interest Lawyers-NETPIL, an umbrella organization
of lawyers produced a report, ‘The 2021 General Elections in Uganda; Human
Rights Violations and the Spectacle of Violence.
report, they noted several killings carried out by security agencies and concluded
that it is increasingly becoming normal for people to be summarily executed and
somehow the government justifies their action.
The right to
life is protected under Article 22 of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda to the
effect that every person has a right to life. That right can only be taken away when a person
is found guilty and sentenced to death in a fair trial by a competent court.