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FHRI Fires Controversial Activist, Nuwagaba

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http://darioergas.org/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/wptouch.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>FHRI said in a statement seen on Monday informing “the general public, cialis 40mg partners and membership that a one Vincent Vessy Nuwagaba, cure who has been associated with FHRI as a member has of recent been involved in criminal acts of violence, abuse, including misinformation that we take exception of.”


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The statement further indicated that Nuwagaba on a number of occasions been arrested and prosecuted and on one incident in 2010, he was convicted and jailed at Luzira prison for a period of 10 months.


“In 2012, he assaulted a police officer at the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and was subsequently charged at Buganda Road Magistrate’s court while on two other occasions; he assaulted officials at Makerere University and subsequently abused the magistrate hearing the matter.”


Observers will ask why FHRI decided to fire Nuwagaba after he alleged FHRI was being used by its boss, Sewanyana, for personal gain.


“I thought I belonged to FHRI. I was wrong. I thought FHRI was a membership organisation. I was utterly wrong. I thought FHRI was working to promote and protect people’s human rights. I never knew that it was someone’s business capitalising on the plight of the downtrodden Ugandans,” Nuwagaba said in a letter released to the media last week.

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He added: “You (Sewanyana) remember one day, (and I will even tell you the day if you object) I told you I would form my own organisation and you discouraged me. Now you have had the audacity to chase me, a life member from the organisation! This is a serious matter for which I am assembling legal brains to drag you to court.”


However, the human rights organisation said of recent, Nuwagaba has been engaged in criminal acts of violence against staff at the FHRI.

It is alleged that on October 18, 2013, he attempted to rape a female member of staff and on 1st November 2013, he attacked and severally bit a male member of staff.


“He was arrested and detained at Kabalagala Police station and subsequently charged at Makindye Chief Magistrate’s court on the 8th of November, 2013. He was remanded to Luzira Prison from where he was released on bail on the 12th of November, 2013,” the statement reads in part.

“We are also aware that he is currently engaged in spreading falsehoods in a deliberate and malicious campaign against the management of FHRI intended to tarnish hard earned reputations and to decoy the course of justice.


We therefore advise members of the public to treat his utterances with the contempt they deserve and to beware of his acts of violence which could endanger any one he comes into contact with.”


Nuwagaba, who denies having been convicted on all alleged charges, said while he appreciated Sewanyana’s good work, the law of diminishing marginal utility must have set in.


“You must acknowledge that you are tired. There is no way you could have ordered that I be blocked without listening to me. It is simple natural justice standard. I hope you remember the principle of “audi alteram paterm”.

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