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Parliament tasks government to release those arrested in support of Kyagulanyi

Following a petition presented to parliament by newly elected Kampala city Authority councilors, the speaker of parliament Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has tasked the government to release all the people it has arrested who were in support of Hon Robert Kyagulanyi during the presidential campaigns and elections.

The speaker says that parliament is concerned about the continued violation of human rights by security agencies. She further said that Parliament had already pronounced themselves on the matter disagreeing with the actions of the security agencies and government’s failure to be forthcoming on the matter.

Immediately after elections, we were on record for asking the government to produce a list of the people it is illegally holding and produce them before court,” she added.

John Mary Ssebuufu, a counselor from Nakawa and a member of National Unity Platform party, who led the delegation of mainly NUP councilors, said as a party, they witnessed the most violent elections in their lifetime with over 400 people abducted adding that about 60 per cent of the people on Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi campaign trail may have been killed by security agencies.

 “The government should release the people it is holding incommunicado because of supporting Hon. Kyagulanyi especially one of the councilors, James Mubiru who was imprisoned and arraigned in military court.” He said.

The petition was among others, requesting Parliament to instruct the central government to release all political prisoners and to lift the night curfew as Kadaga said that the curfew was affecting people’s livelihood.

“I do not understand why we still have a curfew; does the virus only spread at night? I strongly believe that the decision to lift the curfew is long overdue,” she added.

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