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.
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
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
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
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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
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