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UK parliament to debate Uganda’s democracy tomorrow

Stockton South MP Dr Paul Williams (Labour) will tomorrow lead a debate in the United Kingdom parliament to discuss ”as a friend and equal partner” the "things that have been happening in Uganda" in regards to democracy and human rights.

Dr Williams in an interview with NTV today said him, and many people in the UK, are ”concerned to see what looked like a really strong democracy with strong institutions, independent electoral commission, independent judiciary seems to be undermined."

He cited the example of government’s treatment of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, whose rights have been continuously been abused by the state. Williams said many other politicians have been harassed, beaten and tortured and that MPs in the UK as ”friends to Uganda want to have a chance to discuss this.”

The debate is scheduled to start at at 4:30-5:30 UK time (7:30-8:30pm EAT). After 32 years in power, Williams said Museveni is now the barrier to Uganda’s development having lived and worked in Uganda before and seen that the regime centralizes power in one person.

Williams said Museveni’s government which is essentially a military government in civilian clothes makes it very difficult for business, for genuine people that want to invest in developing the country to operate.

”None of us [governments] is perfect but that doesn’t mean that there is no serious concern about MPs being arrested and tortured and about the whole way about how democracy is conducted in Uganda. Not only about the low intimidation, harassment of the opposition but also, we all know that in Uganda there is a parallel structure - parallel to the democratic process that is only loyal to the president and the ruling party and that makes it difficult for a true democracy to be able to prevail. And it makes it very difficult for the Ugandan people if they ever want to choose a different leader to be able to do that in a free and fair way." he said. 

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+1 #21 Wanainchi 2019-01-09 03:27
Aldo, I think Uganda Parlianent can discuss why UK is leaving Brexit!

In case of negative atmosphere in British Parliament, Uganda may take prudent steps to limit business dealing with Britain after exiting Eurooean Union.

Lindin gambles on attracting markets of its former colonies and dominions,of which Uganda us one.Game is on!!
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0 #22 Sam Bakubye 2019-01-09 09:38
How about, " Uganda's parliament to discuss Brexit crisis, the handling of recent street demos in France and government shutdown in the USA?"
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0 #23 Alick 2019-01-09 15:47
Thats a good step we support as Ugandans.. The man has killed many inocent people..alot of security organs used to kill and torture people.

This is advanced dictorship hidding in Democracy..Judicial system, civil servant jobs, and Electral system all answerable to on man.. The moment you criticise the government..your attacked..Mp's are all intimidated.. This is a another form of dectatorial regime..

Many people are forced to leave Uganda in search of safe country.. Every where is guns..many security organs..informers in civilian clothes.. Uk..US.. You supported this many for so long..He committed alot of entrocities in Northern Uganda..
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0 #24 Lakwena 2019-01-10 10:26
Quoting Alick:
Thats a good step we support as Ugandans.. The man has killed many inocent people..alot of security organs used to kill and torture people.

This is advanced dictorship hidding in Democracy..Judicial system, civil servant jobs, and Electral system all answerable to on man.. The moment you criticise the government..your attacked..Mp's are all intimidated.. This is a another form of dectatorial regime..

Many people are forced to leave Uganda in search of safe country.. Every where is guns..many security organs..informers in civilian clothes.. Uk..US.. You supported this many for so long..He committed alot of entrocities in Northern Uganda..


Thanks Alick. Yesterday the Deputy Spokesperson, a Colonel Bantariza reacted angrily: telling off the Brits from interfering with how the regime arrests, tortures, imprisons and extra-judicially kill Ugandans like Yashin Kawuma.
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