President Yoweri Museveni has made fresh appointments for the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).
Among the new appointees includes Col. Steven Basaliza a.k.a Omuduumizi, former police spokesperson Simeo Nsubuga and Omara Apita who is said to be a former commissioner of sports in the ministry for education and sports. The trio are now part of the commissioners in the human rights watchdog headed by Mariam Wangadya.
This News site can authoritatively report that the appointment letter has already been forwarded to the speaker of parliament Anita Among in which the head of state wants parliament to approve them.
“The Rt. Hon. Anita Among, I have appointed the following persons to serve as commissioners in the UHRC. I hereby submit their names to you for approval” Gen. Museveni says in a letter seen by our Inspectors.
He copied the letter to premier Robinah Nabbanja, Justice minister Norbert Mao, Head of service Lucy Nakyobe and Mariam Wangadya who’s the chairperson of the Commission.
The appointment of these three makes the commission now constituted after years of limping and attracting case backlog due to lack of commissioners.
WHY HE APPOINTED BASALIZA
To begin with, he’s one of the bush war comrades and also a member of Uganda Patriotic Movement which was Museveni’s party before going to the bush and founded the NRA/M. Besides his major roles in the UPDF, he’s a former MP in the 7th parliament who worked tirelessly to have presidential term limits scrapped to allow Gen. Museveni ruled.
He’s also a former member of this very Commission where he served for one term and he now bounces back with a bang.
According to our Inspectors, Basaliza’s appointment was expected as his appointment was favored by almost the entire cabinet. We are told several ministers recommended that he’s fit for the job citing his record. He’s also an accomplished Human Rights lawyer with a Masters in this field and Degree in Law and attended LDC . He therefore, was viewed as having vast experience in this field of human rights, political maturity and team player to be reappointed.
Inspectors said if there’s anyone who has been grassing terribly, then it’s this former police officer! Also a former MP for Kassanda South, Simeo was among the so many Ugandans whose eyes and ears always kept glued on news from state house to hear anything in form of a job placement. In fact, inspectors revealed in the last presidential address of this week, Simeo was among the first people to sit on television to hear what the man from Rwakitura was going to say.
We are told Simeo has been frequenting every possible place of worship for divine intervention into his issues especially after his man former speaker Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah died. We are told Simeo who rooted for Oulanyah to become speaker in 2016 but with little success had hoped for a cabinet job which unfortunately never materialized for the time he spent in parliament. We are told whereas his colleague Judith Nabakooba who campaigned for Rebecca Kadaga in 2016 managed to make it to cabinet immediately, it is him who kept in the corridors. However, God has now responded to his cries and Gen. Museveni has appointed him as a commissioner. He’s now ripe to ride in a Red number plate!
This one is not known much but inspectors revealed that he’s a former commissioner in education ministry in charge of sports. He comes in however, to balance the boat for the northerners in the Commission. These new appointees now join the likes of Shifra Lukwago and Chrispin Kaheru who were recently appointed. They are now waiting for approval from speaker Anita Among’s appointments Committee to start their duty.