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After UHRC board confirmation, Shifra Lukwago and Kaheru would confront the government on human rights

The two made the comments after being vetted by the legislative panel to join Mariam Wangadya on the UHRC board of directors.

Despite their new jobs as board members of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, former DP diehard Shifra Lukwago and civil society leader Crispin Kaheru have sworn to expose state human rights abuses (UHRC).

The two made the comments after being vetted by the legislative panel to join Mariam Wangadya on the UHRC board of directors.

For years, Kaheru and Lukwago, now UHRC commissioners, have advocated for an end to human rights violations.

They now serve on the same board of a body that they have frequently chastised for its inaction.

Kaheru told NBS TV that his new post will not prevent him from opposing human rights violations in the country.

“We will continue to denounce human rights violations, and this platform will not divert attention away from the battle for Ugandans’ rights,” Kaheru stated.

Shifra Lukwago has pledged to continue fighting for human rights violations in her new post.

“I will serve to the best of my ability, since I have represented numerous activists in court, and I will put everything into practice,” she stated.

The two also agreed to visit all detention centers in the country and summon everyone involved in human rights violations.

John Baptist Nambeshe, the Opposition Chief Whip and a member of parliament’s Appointments Committee, has praised the assurances.

“Our eyes as parliament and opposition will constantly monitor them (Kaheru and Shifra) and see if they (Kaheru and Shifra) are walking the talk they previously championed in their crusades,” Nambeshe added.

Mariam Wangadya, the chairman of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, and Father Simon Lokodo both stated that the government needed to improve its human rights record.

“We have an uphill challenge to communicate to the authority to phase out acts of human rights abuses,” Father Simon Lokodo said, adding that Uganda’s image on human rights had been tarnished overseas.

Since the tragic death of their chairperson, Meddie Kagwa, in 2019, the commission has been in limbo.

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