The Former Internal Security Organization Director, Rtd. Col. Kaka Bagyenda on Thursday failed to appear before the Parliament’s Appointment Committee to be vetted for the ambassadorial job at the new embassy being established in Angola.
Col. Kaka was expected in Parliament today as per the constitutional requirement for all presidential appointees, including ambassadors.
His staying away from the committee did not come as a surprise because last year he refused to honor several summons from Parliament to answer allegations of kidnappings and torture in “safe houses” within Kampala, Wakiso and Kalangala.
Parliament’s Human Rights Committee was told by several witnesses, victims and spouses of victims that Kaka arrested, detained and tortured suspects for months in total disregard of legal procedures.
The Democratic Party Whip, Joseph Ssewungu, who is a member of the Appointments Committee, told reporters at Parliament that if Kaka had appeared, they would have first referred him to the Human Rights Committee to answer allegations of human rights abuses.
“Kaka is not fit for any vetting process at Parliament until he honors the previous summons and clears his name. We were ready to send him straight to the Human Rights Committee before we could look into his new appointment,” said Ssewungu.
Just like Ssewungu, the Nakaseke South MP, Lutamaguzi Ssemakula said Kaka undermined Parliament when the latter refused to appear before the Human Rights Committee last year.
Kaka was on October 8, 2020 relieved of his duties as the ISO Director and appointed to be the country’s first Ambassador to Angola, where a new embassy is being created.
Meanwhile, the former ruling National Resistance Movement party Director of Finance, Dr. Waswa Galiwango was approved to become the Uganda’s Ambassador to Nairobi, Kenya.
Galiwango told journalists after the vetting process, he would put much effort on easing the trade barriers between Uganda and Kenya.