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Retracing Med Kaggwa’s Final Public Activity

On Tuesday, just a day before his death, he embarked on investigations into reports that the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces Fisheries Protection Unit was torturing and killing fishermen on Lake Kyoga. The intervention followed reports that scores of people had died in operations conducted by the unit following a ban of fishing activities on the Lake.
20 Nov 2019 16:49
Med S.K Kaggwa on extreme left speaking to media on alleged torture on Tuesday . He died on Wednesday

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Med Ssozi Kaggwa was until today the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission. His life was cut short this morning when he collapsed minutes after leaving his home, on his way to work. 

Although the family later confirmed that Kaggwa was hypertensive and on treatment, he was seen working even a day before his demise. Less than an hour to his death, Med Kaggwa was due to attend a media roundtable discussion to commemorate World Children’s Day, an event organized by the Ministry of Gender, in partnership with UNICEF, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Save the Children in Uganda. 

On Tuesday, a day before his death, he embarked on investigations into reports that the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces Fisheries Protection Unit was torturing and killing fishermen on Lake Kyoga. The intervention followed reports that scores of people had died in operations conducted by the unit following a ban of fishing activities on the Lake. 

The latest cases include Justine Nayiga a resident of Buruli Quarters and Noah Erume of Kabasomba in Nakasongola Town Council who were killed in operations at Kyebisire and Kibuye Landing site, Lwampanga Sub County. Six others were hospitalized for injuries sustained during the operations. 

Kaggwa, who led a monitoring and evaluation exercise to the site on Tuesday, November 19, issued a statement indicating that the commission had started investigating the cases, on the basis of a complaint filed by two survivors of the alleged brutality. In the statement, Kaggwa condemned the killings and asked State agencies to ensure that citizens duly enjoy their rights.    

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On the same day, Med Kaggwa expressed dismay at the reported allegations of incommunicado detentions. He said the Central office of the Uganda Human Rights Commission had received more than 10 reports of persons who had been detained and denied access to visitors. 

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Besides his service as the Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission, Kaggwa has also been a Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and a Commissioner of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission. 

He studied from the National University of Ireland, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree, Makerere University and the Law Development Centre. 

He was a Member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Constitution of Uganda and a Commissioner of the Uganda Constitutional Commission. He has previously served as the Head of Department of Law at the Law Development Centre and held a Political Office as Minister in Charge of Political Affairs in the Office of the President.  

He is survived by a widow and five children.