Tayebwa Asks Nabbanja for Clarification on NUP Office Security Raid

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | The government has yielded to opposition demands to provide a statement to parliament concerning the arrests of National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters. This decision came after Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, instructed Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to present a comprehensive statement on the arrests by the end of the week.

This development follows the opposition lawmakers’ decision to boycott plenary sessions until the government issues an apology for the forceful security operation at the NUP party headquarters on October 9, 2023. In his address during the plenary session on Wednesday, Tayebwa acknowledged receiving a letter from Leader of the Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, in which they warned of an extended boycott if the government fails to address their concerns appropriately through either the Affairs Minister or the Prime Minister, who leads the government business in the House.

Furthermore, Defense Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja assured the opposition that individuals detained by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) would soon be released, and he called for swift investigations into these arrests.

On Independence Day, a joint police and military force swiftly surrounded the NUP headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala City suburb. Fourteen people, including Lewis Rubongoya, the party’s Secretary General, party Spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, and Nakawa West Member of Parliament, were arrested. NUP leaders and their supporters had gathered at the party headquarters to hold prayers for individuals they believed were either killed or unlawfully detained by security personnel before and during the 2021 general elections.

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