By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
It is no secret that there are hundreds of people that have been abducted in the weeks leading to and after the January 14 general election.
Most of these people, some of who were arrested from Kalangala on December 30, 2021, and others picked from different parts of the country, are supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party, which is led by former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine.
It should be noted that the NUP, together with the families of those incarcerated, have on several occasions tried to get their colleagues released from prison and although they have been successful to secure the freedom of some, many others are still languishing in prison, whereas numerous others are being detained in safe houses.
Today, the NUP leadership has decided to take the matters to the Higher Power; that is God. The party, in presence of the families and friends of the victims, has held prayers for its comrades and voiced out their relentless demands for their freedom.
While speaking at the event held at the party’s headquarters in Kamwokya today, NUP Spokesperson and Nakawa West MP-elect Joel Ssenyonyi, said that the main aim of the prayers event is to identify with the victims and their families, and demand for their unconditional release.
“We want to identify with the victims. We also continue to demand their release from prison because they are not criminals. They were only arrested because they chose to support a change agent,” Ssenyonyi said.
After the families of the victims like Nubian Li’s wife, and Eddie Mutwe’s mother among other people finished giving testimonies of the difficulties they are facing ever since their loved ones were abducted or arrested, it was time for Bobi Wine to deliver his message.
In his message to the people in attendance and the general public, Bobi Wine said that ever since his colleagues and supporters were arrested, the party’s legal team embarked on the tedious job of securing their unconditional release.
He went on to say that if the courts of law do not adhere to their request, they will take the case to the people’s court just as they did with the election petition.
“I want you all to know that Museveni ordered for the abduction of your children. If we do not get justice for our people that were abducted and arrested, we will bring the matter to you, the people’s court. If we call upon you, rise up in numbers and we demand for our children, our husbands, wives, and friends,” Bobi Wine said.
He added, “Museveni, we are not your slaves. The rights we are demanding are ours, clearly written in the constitution, it is not a favour.”
It is worth noting that Bobi Wine’s long-time singing partner Nubian Li, his head of personal security Eddie Mutwe and 34 others are facing charges in the General Court Martial of allegedly being in possession of a gun and ammunition.
These charges have since raised the eyebrows of the public since they were arrested on December 30, 2020, but prosecution alleges that they committed the crime on January 3, 2021.
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