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Donors turn up the pressure over Nicholas Opiyo arrest

Nicholas Opiyo at court earlier

Nicholas Opiyo at court earlier

Donors have turned up the pressure and tasked government over the mafia-style arrest of human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo.

Opiyo was picked from Lamaro restaurant in Kamwokya by plained-clothed security operatives while having lunch with colleagues. For several hours, his whereabouts remained unknown until later in the evening when police confirmed that his arrest had been conducted by the Special Investigations Division on allegations of "money laundering and related malicious acts."

The US ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown describes the arrest as troubling "I just met Opiyo and was impressed by his commitment to rule of law & to uplifting his fellow citizens. News of his arrest is troubling and I call on the Ugandan Government to ensure his safety and wellbeing. Civil society must be able to carry out its essential role in Uganda," Natalie wrote.

She appreciated human rights activists and the leadership of the Uganda Law Society for shining light on human rights issues and working for a more just future to ensure all Ugandans enjoy their human rights. Several human rights organisations and officials have condemned the arrest and called for Opiyo to be brought to court immediately or be released. 

The arrest of Opiyo comes a few days following his meeting with the ambassador together with the leaders of the Uganda Law Society (ULS) and other human rights activists on transparency, accountability and ending the culture of impunity so that all Ugandans can thrive.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the National Unity Platform presidential candidate, says Opiyo was arrested alongside other lawyers investigating the November 18th and 19th 2020 killings, in which over 50 people were shot dead during protests triggered by his arrest in Luuka district. 

Kyagulanyi says Opiyo was picked together with other lawyers namely Herbert Dakasi, Anthony Odur and Esomu Obure and NUP's human rights officer, Hamid Tenywa. 

"We demand for their immediate release. Defending human rights is not a crime! We know this arrest is intended to frustrate the ongoing investigations into rights violations," said Kyagulanyi.

Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change president also weighed in, saying that the arrest of Opiyo is not surprising since his home was broken into in September and communication devices picked."

NGOs in the human rights and governance area have been targeted for office break-ins and their bank accounts were frozen. This escalates during election periods," Besigye said.


+1 #21 Juwait kali 2020-12-24 20:12
Wooden K you will get your confirmation, Lwanga is naked, of course now and then he ticks the box to fool us who are suspecting him.

But guess what when ur eating and talking at the same time, some of the food comes out. in addition just wait for your friend Mayiga.

Our kabaka has been murdered under his watch. Where on earth is Lwanga even commenting on postponement of an election which is weeks away as who??? Thank you owe mbogo munange bobi wine, you are exposing all the eaters.
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0 #22 Juwait kali 2020-12-24 20:16
LAKWENA i hear you but let me tell you a known secret the tutsis infrutrated Uganda ages ago, don't be surprised to find out that kizito Lwanga is a tutsi just like nsibambi was, we are occupied.
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0 #23 Kiray 2020-12-26 00:08
Lwanga no more respect.You keep your drum quite when Ugandans are killed in the streets for expressing themselves.

When they end up in safe houses our fake religious leaders voices disappear. The church must speak up for a better community not take bribes from the killer. No matter what m7 will be uprooted!
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0 #24 Kiray 2020-12-26 00:11
Donor time has come to cut off your donation to a known thief .

Stop wasting funds on a useless dictator from Rwanda.
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0 #25 Wainanchi 2020-12-26 21:02
Mama Nyabo! So many so many toothless haters of Zuganda and all of them barking and spitting poison.

Gys better stop bullshitting and wasting our time to read your nonsense and bullshit .

I reread all your stupid comments and could not find who is the dumbest and most foolish hater.

Guys! Stop boozing and write something nice and good to read and learn about Uganda Do you know that Uganda has more than 40 millions souls and four or five of you are taking liberty to speak on behalf of huge majority I support 40 millions of good and happy Ugandans and support our good and modest Mzee YKM who is running this happy country of 40 millions.

Those who are not happy just leave us and go wherever you can..swim from Lybia or Morocco and go to Europe to wash dishes and do dirty jobs Help yourselves. The doors are wide open.
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