Kampala – On Wednesday morning, Uganda received a sad news of the sudden death of a human rights’ activist and one of the country’s distinguished men, Meddie Kaggwa.
Mr Kaggwa, by the time of his death was the chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission [UHRC]. He also had other key related duties.
According to accounts from all sources, the 64 year old collapsed in his car, few moment after leaving his home in Mulago, on the outskirts of Kampala, Wednesday morning.
Found in precarious condition, ‘breathless’ as many said, he was soon taken to Case Clinic by a medical doctor from Mulago national referral hospital.
At 9:00am, few hours after being admitted to Intensive Care Unit [ICU], he was pronounced dead, by Case doctors.
Early in the morning, Med was expected to be part of the media roundtable discussion in Kampala, an event organised by UNICEF.
He was before, a Member of Ugandan Parliament and the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). After the end of his legislative duties, he was appointed to head UHRC.
Until his death, he has also been a Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and a Commissioner of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission.
He studied from the National University of Ireland, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree, Makerere University and the Law Development Centre.
Mr Kaggwa was a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Constitution of Uganda and a commissioner of the Uganda Constitutional Commission.
Also, he has been head of department of Law at the Law Development Centre and held a Political Office as Minister in Charge of Political Affairs in the Office of the President.
He is survived by a widow and five children.
Hon. Robert Kyagulany Ssentamu, the Kyandondo East MP, widely known as Bobi Wine, on receiving the death of Mr Kaggwa, tweeted:
“Very saddened by the passing of Hon. Med Kaggwa, Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission. During the Arua ordeal, Med visited me in military detention & told the world what was going on. He did his best, under very difficult circumstances to promote rights. Rest well”