Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has revealed that it’s investigating the murder of Ronald Ssebulime who was killed by police after being suspected to be trailing the State Minister for ICT Idah Nantaba.
In March this year, police admitted that its officers had wrongfully killed Ssebulime after suspecting him of having attempted to assassinate Idah Nantaba.
While appearing before the Human Rights Committee of Parliament chaired by the Buvuma Woman MP Jennifer Egunyu Nantume, MPs on the committee led by their chairperson tasked the commission to explain the fate of Ssebulime’s murder case and possible compensation to his family.
“His family has been left without any support to the children! This is a matter that requires compensation. We would like you to investigate and make recommendations in line with compensation. Referring the case to the court is not punitive enough”, Monica Amoding, the Woman representative Kumi said.
In response, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission Meddi Kaggwa noted that they have tasked the commission’s Central region office to investigate the matter. Ida Nakiganda, the Director Complaints, Investigation, and Legal Services confirmed the development explaining that they are already gathering evidence which will soon be presented before the Human Rights Tribunal.
“In this particular case, Police confirmed that Ronald Ssebulime was wrongfully killed. This is a human rights issue and to confirm to you, we are collecting information and evidence and it will soon find a way to the Human Rights Tribunal where if it’s found that excessive force was used to kill, the family and the orphans will be compensated”, she said.
Meddi Kaggwa noted that they have also summoned police to explain their actions to the opposition politicians noting that police need to be sensitized about the Public Order Management Act which they seem to be misinterpreting.
The committee chairperson Jennifer Nantume Egunyu also noted that they are going to summon police over the same matter.