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OBITUARY:The Life and Times of Hon. Med Kaggwa

The chairman Uganda Human Rights Commission Med Kaggwa making a presentation before the Police Council Members on the Status and Observance of Human Rights. (Uganda police photo) The chairman Uganda Human Rights Commission Med Kaggwa making a presentation before the Police Council Members on the Status and Observance of Human Rights. (Uganda police photo)

 

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