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Parliament honours Orthodox Archbishop Jonah Lwanga

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament on Tuesday observed a moment of silence in the honour of the late Archbishop Jonah Lwanga of the Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga died on Sunday evening in Athens, Greece where he went for missionary work more than a month ago and fell ill. …

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Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga stood for truth at all costs – MPs

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament who subscribe to the Orthodox faith have hailed the late head of the Orthodox church, Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga as a man who stood by the people and stood for the truth at all costs. The Orthodox church on Sunday evening announced that …

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IT experts, security analysts raise red flag on vehicle tracking plan

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Security and information technology experts have raised fears over the forceful and uncontrolled tracking devices to be installed in all public and private vehicles, motorcycles and water vessels in the country. Security Minister Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi last month announced that the government had decided …

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New UHRC chairperson, commissioners pledge swift investigations

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The newly appointed Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) chairperson, Mariam Wangadya has committed to ensuring quick investigations for cases of human rights violations. Wangadya made the comments shortly after appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting. The committee approved Wangadya together with four …

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LASPNET launches campaign to combat increasing GBV cases

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Legal Aid Service Provider’s Network-LASPNET has rolled out a community-legal watch brief campaign aimed at combating the increasing cases of Gender-Based Violence-GBV in Mukono, Buikwe and Kayunga districts. The campaign funded by European Union will run for a period of two years at a …

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Police officers using excessive force should face trial in court – IGP

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Police Court will no longer try any police officer accused of using excessive force during operations. This is according to new directives issued by the Inspector General of Police Martin Ochola. In response to President Yoweri Museveni’s address where he condemned individual security officers …

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Human Rights Commission in financial crisis

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC is battling a financial crisis. The commission which is mandated with promoting human rights in the country lacks funds to conduct investigations into human rights violations, carry out education on human rights and conduct staff training. Dr. Patricia Achan, one of …

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Does the state kill its own cases by torturing suspects?

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Last week, five suspects who were arrested over the attempted assassination of former Chief of Defense Forces Gen Edward Katumba Wamala and double murder of his daughter and driver, appeared at Nakawa Magistrates Court seemingly in pain from injuries sustained while in custody of government …

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Mabirizi challenges Museveni’s oral directives on Covid-19

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | City lawyer Male Mabirizi has petitioned the High Court in Kampala seeking a declaration that the orders issued by President Yoweri Museveni imposing a lockdown violate fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution. According to Mabirizi, several statements and speech orders by President Museveni communicated …

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