UHRC Investigating Ten Election Related Complaints

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UHRC Chairperson Meddie Kaggwa says most of the cases now before the commission occurred in the heat up to the exercise that started with the nomination of presidential candidates in November 2015.

Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is investigating ten complaints brought before it by members of the public whose rights were violated during the ongoing electoral process.

UHRC Chairperson Meddie Kaggwa says most of the cases now before the commission occurred in the heat up to the exercise that started with the nomination of presidential candidates in November 2015.

He however could not divulge details of the cases under investigation. Ruth Ssekindi, the Director Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services at the Uganda Human Rights Commission said revealing details of the cases could jeopardize ongoing investigations.

But Meddie Kaggwa added that once the investigations lead to the tribunal stage, remedies for fairness are in place for the successful complainants to receive compensation. But he hastens to add that the investigations cannot be concluded before the February 18th general election.
 
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Meanwhile, the commission expresses concern over reported cases of violence against supporters of specific politicians, the media and irregularities in the events leading to the general election.

UHRC Chairman Meddie Kaggwa also faults the commission for sending mixed signals on polling day procedures and demands that unified messages need to be sent out in order to ensure that all voters are aware of the process ahead of time.
He says such cases could dent a rather transparent process.
 
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Kaggwa added that the commission has investigated reports of a number of persons who were reported missing, arrested or kidnapped during the election period. Key among them is the disappearance of Christopher Aine, an aide to independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi who has been missing since December.

Kaggwa however says that none of the reported missing persons could be traced in the gazetted detention facilities.
 
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Annet Lekuru
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