By Henry Mukasa
MPs of the Human Rights Committee of Parliament have resolved to summon the minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development over the Kasubi royal tombs fire report.
The decision follows a denial by Police of having a report about the March 2010 inferno with the deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP), Okoth Ochola, saying on Tuesday that the report is with the Gender ministry.
Government instituted a commission of inquiry that was headed by Justice George Engwau to probe into the fire that gutted the Buganda royal mausoleum, ranked as world heritage site by the UN education and cultural agency (ENESCO), but the report has never been made public.
"The commission of inquiry was not set up by police. Other than having a police officer being a member of the commission, there is no way police can have ownership of the report. We are all just waiting," Ochola told the committee.
Mitooma MP Jovah Kamateeka who chairs the Human Rights Committee said Wednesday that Gender minister, Eng. John Nasasira had been summoned over the matter. Nasasira who was only sworn in for the new portfolio on Tuesday in expected before the committee on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the committee is also scheduled to interface with the Commissioner General of Prisons, Johnson Byabashaija, over several human rights concerns highlighted by national watchdog, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).
The meeting on Wednesday will probe into; the continued use of buckets in cells as toilets, congestion of prisons and imprisoning pregnant and breast-feeding women denying babies adequate diet.