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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 11:33

OBITUARY:The Life and Times of Hon. Med Kaggwa

 

KAMPALA -As Ugandans prepared to celebrate World Children’s Day, they were rudely shocked to learn that one of the guests at the function died on the way. The guest was none other than the chairman of Uganda Human Rights Commission Medi Ssozi Kaggwa

Kaggwa died this morning after reportedly collapsing while driving to attend the function organized by UNICEF in Kampala. The politician-turned human rights defender was a lawyer, who got re-appointed to head the human rights body in February 2016

Kaggwa, who was first appointed in May 2009, was credited for steering the UHRC to greater heights, which saw the commission being recognized by the United Nation. During his term, UHRC received several awards, including the Best National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in Africa in 2012 in Banjul.

Kaggwa held responsibilities at various regional and international human rights organizations such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) which makes his re-appointment pertinent in the pursuit of the human rights agenda.

 

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Published: November 20, 2019

 

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The Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Mr Med Kaggwa last week toured Karamoja sub-region to acquaint himself with the human rights situation in the region. The week-long trip of the Chairperson and other UHRC officials including Mr Kamadi Byonabye the Director in charge of regional services began on Sunday August 14, 2016. They visited Moroto, Kotido, Nakapiripirit and Kaabong districts.  

The Chairperson and his team visited and interacted with various stakeholders especially those in the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) based in the different districts in the Karamoja sub-region. They engaged with District Police Commanders, Uganda Prison Services officials, Resident State Attorneys, the Magistrates Grade 1 in Kaabong and Nakapiripirit districts and Chief Magistrates in Kotido and Moroto districts. In Moroto they held discussions with officials of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the UN Human Rights, Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and Local Council V officials. The UHRC team also visited the Justice for Children (J4C) civil society organization operating in Karamoja sub-region focusing on children.

Six major emerging human rights issues were identified in the Karamoja sub-region and the community interventions to deal with them.

 

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By Florence Munyirwa | Published: August 26 2016

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