The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has received a new commissioner who was recently appointed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda and successfully approved by the Parliament of Uganda as provided under Article 51 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. This Constitutional Article also specifically provides that the Commission shall be composed of a Chairperson and not less than three other persons. It further provides that the Commission is the governing body of the Uganda Human Rights Commission whose members serve for a period of six years and are eligible for re-appointment.
Commissioner Victoria Businge Rusoke whose appointment makes her the third Member of the Commission has therefore boosted the manpower strength of the Commission at policy and governing level and has enabled fulfillment of the Constitutional requirement regarding its composition.
She joins the Commission which is currently composed of the Chairperson Mr. Med S.K Kaggwa and two Commissioners namely Meddie. B Mulumba and Dr. Katebaliwre Amooti Wa Irumba whose new term of office was earlier inaugurated on 5th February 2016. Rusoke’s appointment is therefore timely since it has addressed the current manpower gap at the governing and policy level of the Commission.
Commissioner Rusoke was sworn in by the Chief Justice Hon. Bart Mugunda Katureebe at the High Court of Uganda in the Chief Justice’s Chambers on Wednesday 20th December 2018. In his remarks during the swearing in, the Chief Justice congratulated Ms. Rusoke on her new appointment. He emphasized the importance of the right to a fair hearing and the principle of natural justice when dealing with human rights matters.
The swearing in ceremony was attended by the Chairperson UHRC, Mr. Med S. K. Kaggwa, the Secretary to the Commission, Mr. Patrick Mabiiho Nyakaana, Directors at the Commission and family members of Ms. Rusoke.
Commissioner Victoria Businge Rusoke’s appointment has been welcomed at the Commission and she has since embarked on her Constitutional assignment by joining the two-man team of Commissioners currently at the Uganda Human Rights Commission in dispensing justice to Ugandans. She has already been cause-listed to conduct a series of Commission Tribunals by hearing cases of human rights violations at the various UHRC regional offices located country-wide. The new Commissioner has subsequently been scheduled to preside over tribunal sessions in the month of February which commenced on Monday 4th February 2019.