UHRC Breaks silence on the Mob Justice exhibited on Jakana Nadduli’s Funeral

A Collage of Mzee Abdul Nadduli and Mariam Wangadya

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has come out to condemn the incidents of mob justice that were exhibited at the burrial of Nadduli’s son Jakana Nadduli.

A Collage of Mzee Abdul Nadduli and Mariam Wangadya

In a statement released on Wednesday this week, signed by the chairperson Mariam Wangadya, the commission says that; On Tuesday 25th October 2022, the Commission and indeed the country witnessed ugly images of video clips of a violent scuffle that ensued during the burial ceremony of Jakana Sulaiman Nadduli, the son of Mzee Abdul Nadduli culminated in chaos and mayhem.

The commission added that, the incident which involved a mob of alleged mourners violently assaulting another; a one Ivan Kamuntu Majambere for reasons not yet established by the Commission is of concern to them, given its human rights implications.

“The Commission has learned that the victim suffered severe bodily injuries”. It stated.

The Commission was appalled by the violent actions and indecent behavior exhibited by a section of mourners. They condemns the incident which not only disrupted the burial ceremony, but also infringed on the rights of the family and others present to mourn their loved one in peace.

“We further condemn such acts of intolerance among the citizens and call for respect for divergent views. Such acts of hooliganism are undoubtedly characteristic of the abhorred incidents of mob action, which if left unchecked could escalate into lawlessness” says the commission.

According to the commission, they have severally voiced concerns on incidents of mob action because of negative effects on the enjoyment of human rights.

Mob action infringes on the victim’s right to presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a competent Court. It also results into acts of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and many times results into loss of life which has far reaching consequences on the families of victims.

Recommendations:

The Commission calls on law enforcement agencies to carry out expeditious investigations into the incident, with a view to apprehending and charging those who perpetrated the violence. Police should also strengthen its community policing and neighborhood watch programmes across the country in order to forestall acts of criminality like the one in question, from the communities.

The Commission reiterates its commitment to performing its constitutional mandate including monitoring the human rights situation in the country and making interventions for improvement and to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms in the country.

We hereby enjoin all citizens of Uganda to fulfill their duty to promote the rule of law and to cooperate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order among the other duties listed therein in accordance with article 17 of the Constitution. We specifically call on citizens to desist from violence and hooliganism as a way of expressing discontent, but rather pursue peaceful means.

We appeal to the general public to be law-abiding and uphold the rule of law all times to foster an environment of respect for human rights for all.

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