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AU probes Museveni over rights abuses

by James Ateenyi

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) of the African Union is investigating the government of Uganda for violation of human rights of the indigenous people of Bunyoro.

The complaint against Uganda was filed by a Bunyoro based NGO known as Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency (Bukitarepa) on behalf of the affected people on November 13, 2017.

The NGO accused Uganda government of deliberate of deliberate marginalisation and deprivement of native Banyoros of their ancestral land and other entitlements, a claim government dismisses.

In response, the ACHPR secretary, Dr Mary Maboreke, asked Mr Batwale to submit evidence and arguments in support of the petition within 60 days.

“The African Commission finds that the complainant reveals prima facie violation of the African Charter (on Human and People’s Rights),” Dr Maboreke noted in his August 23 response adding that petition will not be referred before the court until comprehensive investigations into the matter have been concluded.

Dr Maboreke said the decision was taken during the ACHPR Extraordinary Session in the Gambian Capital, Banjul, between July 30 and August 8 this year.

The chief petitioner Mr Batwale said some of evidences against the Uganda government has been submitted.

“We had attached part of the evidence on the petition but we were advised the African Commission does not work like that. So, we are about to be done with the evidence and we will present it starting Monday next week,” he noted.

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