As the country get to grips with the sudden death of Med Kaggwa, the chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), tributes have since flown from across the country.
Kaggwa, 64, was on Wednesday morning pronounced dead at Case Hospital.
According to witness, Kaggwa, who had served as chairperson UHRC for eight years died after collapsing in his car near Mulago on his way to work. He started the day with plans to join other children’s rights activists in the country to celebrate the world children’s day, a family member said, adding that he waited for his driver to pick him up in vain so he decided to drive himself.
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The car had to be broken into to remove him from where he was rushed to Case Hospital where he died.
Dr Patrick Kaliika, the Medical Director of Case Hospital while addressing the media about the tragedy, said the deceased was brought in by a doctor from Mulago Hospital who found him unconscious in his car at the Mulago roundabout.
Dr Kaliika said it was then that the ICU team took over and immediately started advanced life support for one hour but with no return vital signs of life. He was declared dead at 9:00 am.
“The family reported that he was a known hypertensive of treatment,” Dr Kaliika said.
We are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Med Kaggwa, @UHRC_UGANDA Chairperson, former #ACHPR Commissioner, and a dear friend of DefendDefenders. We wish to extend our sincere condolences to Kaggwa’s family and friends, and to the @GovUganda. Your work will live on.
Adeke Anna Ebaju @AdekeAnna
This morning, I received with shock the sad news of the untimely demise of Mr. Med Kaggwa. He has been a teacher and defender of human rights. He is one of those people who believed in “healthy Politics” free of torture and intrigue. May his soul R.I.P.
Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana @LSewanyana
It is with profound shock that I have learnt of the untimely death of Hajji Med Kaggwa. Over the years, FHRI has worked with the @UHRC_UGANDA under his leadership to promote human rights in Uganda.We celebrate a statesman, a noble & steadfast Human Rights Defender.May his soul RIP
BOBI WINE @HEBobiwine
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
Barnabas Nawangwe @ProfNawangwe
I have learnt with deep shock of the untimely demise of my good friend Dr. Med Kaggwa Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission & alumnus of Makerere (1976-1978). Dr. Kaggwa and 18 others graduated with a Bachelor of Laws at a graduation ceremony held on 7th October 1978.
Kaggwa’s body will be buried on Thursday, November 21.
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