Opposition MPs Walk Out of Parliament Due to Ongoing Rights Abuse

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | A group of opposition lawmakers in Parliament has staged a walkout during today’s plenary session in protest of the recent arrests of National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders and supporters. The walkout followed a statement by the Shadow Minister for Finance, Mr. Muwanga Kivumbi, who was acting as the Leader of the Opposition. Kivumbi raised a matter of national concern, condemning the actions of security agencies that had raided NUP party offices on October 9, arresting individuals who had gathered for a prayer event to commemorate those allegedly killed in various parts of the country.

Kivumbi challenged the government to clarify the legal basis for security forces preventing people from holding prayer gatherings or assemblies, despite the Constitutional Court’s ruling nullifying the Public Order Management Act.

He stated, “Recently, Honorable Robert Kyagulanyi, the leader of the National Unity Platform, was taken from a plane and transported to his home. Yesterday, the National Unity Platform’s offices were not only sealed off, but its leaders, including NUP Secretary General David Rubongoya and party spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, were also arrested. Many of our youth are currently in custody. It is difficult for me to continue leading the opposition in this environment without a clear explanation.”

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Additionally, Kivumbi called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political detainees, requesting a statement from the Minister of Internal Affairs to support this demand.

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