Some members of the opposition in the shadow cabinet have called for fresh investigations into human rights violations that happened during 2021 general elections.
Led by Makindye East legislator Derrick Nyeko, who is also the shadow Minister for security, the MPs told journalists on Wednesday, that opposition supporters continue to be arrested even after elections.
“We shall move a motion on the floor for fresh investigations into various forms of human rights abuses including murders, abductions and torture of our people who are held by different security units,” Nyeko said.
“In the absence of a conclusive investigation report on violations that characterised the 2021 general election, the opposition leadership have resolved to lobby Parliament to institute a select committee to investigate the abuses,” he added.
The alarm was caused after the Speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah put to rest the question of lapsed businesses of previous Parliaments, ruling that they cannot be retrieved by subsequent Houses.
Oulanyah’s ruling ended uncertainties surrounding legislations that were either not assented to by President Museveni as required under article 91 of the Constitution or not passed into law by the 10th Parliament before its end.
“Business of the 10th Parliament that remained incomplete lapsed with the end of the 10th Parliament; any Member or indeed the government who is desirous of having the business of the 10th Parliament revived…should have the business reintroduced to the House and the business shall begin afresh,” he said.
This affected the report that was compiled by the Human rights Committee that investigated human rights abuses that were witnessed 2021 General election.
“We want to ask the state to respect the rule of law and constitutionalism,” Nyeko noted.