By Ivan Mwine
Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) who belong to the National Unity Platform (NUP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP) and others have today staged a sit-down protest outside parliament.
The legislators led by Leader of Opposion (LoP) Mathias Mpuuga, who is the Masaka Municipality MP, described the sit-down strike as a protest against the continued arbitrary arrest and torture of opposition politicians, especially those who subscribe to NUP, which is led by former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
Mpuuga said the protest is aimed at sending a message too government to come up with a credible explanation about this continued abuse of human rights and the steps taken so far to curb the vice.
“This afternoon, we decided to excuse ourselves from #PlenaryUg in protest agst the continued illegal arrests, torture & killings across the Country. #FreeOurPeople #EndTorture #WeAreRemovingADictator,” Mpuuga tweeted shortly announcing the protest.
The protest by the MPs comes a few days after activist and author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija was abducted by armed men who severely tortured him until court compelled heads of security forces in the country to produce him dead or alive.
He later hastily produced in court after several days in an unknown detention centre, was remanded to Kitalya prison for two weeks until a few days ago when he was released on bail, although a report compiled by the Uganda Prisons Services confirmed that he had been severely tortured while in detention.
Shortly after his release, pictures of another NUP supporter identified as Simon Masereka with his body full of wounds sustained as a result of torture surfaced and went viral on social media.
Masereka, who is a NUP mobiliser in Kasese District, had abducted by armed men together with other NUP members from their respective homes in Kasese municipality and taken to unknown detention centres where they were severely tortured.
However, despite all that is going on, the government, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other relevant authorities, is yet to come out and issue a statement about this continued torture of Ugandans because of their varying political affiliations.
Details about this developing story coming up soon.