2 min read
06 Oct

In a recent development, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has made a passionate appeal to the Appointment Committee of Parliament to bolster their financial resources. This appeal comes as the institution grapples with meager funding, which, they argue, is hampering their ability to execute their vital mandate effectively.

During a visitation by the Appointment Committee of Parliament to the UHRC's Arua Branch on October 5, 2023, Sarah Nahkumitsa, who represented UHRC's Chairperson, painted a concerning picture of the commission's financial struggles. 

In the fiscal years 2022/2023 and 2023/2024, the UHRC received only UGX 990,340,000 and 400,000,000, respectively. These figures represent a mere 5% and 2% of their total budget, a glaringly inadequate amount for an institution tasked with safeguarding and promoting human rights across the nation.

Sarah Nahkumitsa's plea underscored the dire need for increased financial support. She emphasized that such limited funding significantly hampers their ability to carry out their essential responsibilities effectively. 

The UHRC plays a pivotal role in upholding human rights in Uganda, and insufficient funds threaten their capacity to protect citizens' rights, investigate human rights abuses, and advocate for necessary reforms.


In response to the UHRC's appeal, Bernard Odoi One, the youth member of parliament for the Eastern region, offered valuable advice. He encouraged the UHRC to seek support from other partners, recognizing that collaborative efforts could help mitigate the challenges posed by insufficient funding. Odoi's suggestion highlights the importance of collective action in ensuring the commission's continued effectiveness.


James Kubeketeria, the head of the Appointment Committee and MP for Bunya East, assured the UHRC that their concerns had not fallen on deaf ears. He expressed the committee's commitment to addressing the issue of inadequate funding, acknowledging the critical role the UHRC plays in promoting human rights and justice in Uganda.


The Uganda Human Rights Commission was established as a National Human Rights Institution (NHR) under Article 15 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995, as amended, and the Uganda Human Rights Commission Act of 1997. Its mandate is to protect and promote human rights throughout the country, making it a cornerstone of human rights advocacy and protection in Uganda.

In light of the UHRC's plea for increased funding, it is evident that there is a pressing need for policymakers to prioritize and adequately support this crucial institution. The protection of human rights is a fundamental aspect of any thriving democracy, and UHRC's role in this regard cannot be underestimated. It is hoped that the appeal will prompt meaningful discussions and actions to ensure that the UHRC receives the necessary financial resources to continue its vital work in safeguarding the rights of all Ugandans.

BY: Anwangkani Franco, Dailywestnile.info 
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