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Opposition NUP Leaders and Clergy Arrested Ahead of Uganda’s Independence Day Prayers

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On Monday, October 9, 2023, leaders of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and two clergymen were taken into custody by the police. This happened after a crackdown near the NUP’s headquarters in Kampala.

The incident followed the seizure of the NUP’s headquarters in Kamwokya by police and military officials. This occurred a day after the party’s leader, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), announced plans to hold prayers and a speech in response to the national Independence Day celebrations in Northern Uganda.

Bishop William Tomusange from Mityana North, one of the clergymen, was seen praying before being placed in a police vehicle. He expressed that they were gathering to pray for those abducted and killed in political incidents, as well as for peace and freedom in Uganda.

Earlier, Robert Kyagulanyi reported that Joel Ssenyonyi, the party’s spokesperson, David Lewis Rubongoya, the party’s secretary general, and another clergyman, Pastor Andrew Muwanguzi, had been detained during a security operation.

Approximately 20 people, including Rubongoya, Ssenyonyi, and Bishop Tomusange, were held at Kira Road Police Station. However, the whereabouts of Pastor Muwanguzi and other alleged NUP supporters were uncertain.

Legislator Betty Nambooze, who was among six female NUP leaders, demanded the release of the detained party supporters. They criticized the authorities for arresting people who were simply praying, especially on Independence Day.

Despite the detentions, Uganda’s 61st independence anniversary celebrations proceeded peacefully in Kitgum District, with President Museveni presiding over the event. Robert Kyagulanyi addressed a small group of journalists from his residence in Magere. He hinted at the NUP’s plans to resume nationwide mobilization, despite a police ban issued in mid-September 2023.

As of Monday afternoon, there had been no comments or statements from Uganda police or the army regarding the detentions.