Uganda Parliament Human rights committee Postpones investigation of election violence

Reports indicate that the Human Rights Committee of parliament has decided to postpone investigations into cases of electoral violence due to lack of funding.

Even though their leader Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed the committee to take stock of the human rights violations that marred the electoral process and the committee was expected to start work last week and conclude in a month but now sources say that they have refused because tt doesn’t have money for fieldwork.
As part of the investigations, the committee has planned to interact with presidential candidates, security agencies including the police and the army as well as the victims of the said violations.

Each MP on the committee earns Shillings 400,000 for a day while the other members of delegation get between Shillings 200,000 and 300,000 per day. There are 30 members on the committee.

At least Shillings 100 million is required on average for the committee depending on the number of days. Parliament pays for the meals and accommodation separately among other requirements for the legislators and parliamentary staff.

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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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