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Opposition ends boycott of parliamentary sittings

Mathias Mpuuga

Mathias Mpuuga

Opposition MPs have called off their week-long boycott of plenary sessions following a shadow cabinet meeting held today.

The opposition led by National Unity Platform (NUP) boycotted parliament since last week following the re-arrest of Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana and Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya.

The two legislators were arrested and detained on charges of murder, attempted murder, and aiding and abetting terrorism, stemming from their alleged involvement in the recent killings in the Greater Masaka region that led to the death of over 30 people. Although the two legislators had been granted bail, they were re-arrested on two separate occasions from the precincts of Kigo prison.

It's on the basis of this that the leader of opposition parliament (LoP) led a boycott of the parliament sessions, in protest of the re-arrest and continued detention of their colleagues. Mpuuga also contested statements by Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka that the two MPs would continue to be arrested for as many times as the offenses they commit.

The team has now resolved to end the boycott on the condition that the government shows a plan to ensure justice is followed. They said that they have taken stock of the boycott and have therefore resolved to go back to the house starting Tuesday.

“We have resolved to return to parliament but with actionable plans aimed at ending the violations of rights in Uganda,” the members said after the meeting which was attended by, the opposition party whips, the shadow cabinet and the LoP.  

Yesterday Monday the Forum for the Democratic Change (FDC) had also resolved to end the boycott, as the MPs were now in a designated facility. Mpuuga is expected to make a statement on the floor of the house in relation to the boycott, among others.

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0 #1 Remase 2021-10-05 19:06
I knew, the opposition has no plan and/or idea of what to do. They are completely clueles and only interested to appear or make believe there is an opposition to M7, yet there's non whatsoever!

If Segirinya, Sewanyana and others and still locked up on bogus charges, why go back to parliament? What was the basis and reason why they boycotted parliament in the first place?

What have they accomplished? Could someone help me here! I mean, it's a norm now that M7 is free or has a right and licensed to kill or lock up anyone at will and anytime he feels like with impunity!
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+2 #2 Apollo 2021-10-05 20:50
The Opposition in Parliament has done something remarkable.

They can do even better. They can continue with non-violent actions while attending Parliament including: i) Having somebody remind every sitting session of Parliament about the state of the two legislators until they are released, ii) Wear items of cloth that may not be offensive to Parliamentary Dress Code but which emphasize the united front against the trumped up charges against their two members and other Ugandans,

iii) Make regular accusations against the Government for its lopsided application of state agencies in order to fulfill political ends, iv) Putting up scribbled posters and pictures reminding Parliament of the many missing and falsely accused Ugandans in State confinement, e.t.c.
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+2 #3 MUHEREZA DAN 2021-10-06 09:00
The Ugandan opposition are it again. First of all there is no such human rights when suspects are released when the due process is not followed.

The law procedures demand that there should never be any interference from anybody when the legal process is taking place.

Its not Only Allan and Ssegirinya that are in custody because of the Masaka Killings and for The opposition MPS to come up and demand for the release of the two suspects is unreasonable and is not part of their representation role.

The only thing reasonable would be to demand for the quick process of the trial of the case.
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