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Deputy Speaker Asks Government for Response to Opposition Walkout Demands

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Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa has requested Prime Minister Robina Nabbanja, representing the Government, to address allegations of excessive force used by security forces during the arrest of National Unity Party (NUP) leaders and the subsequent siege at NUP offices. This request follows the decision of Opposition MPs to abstain from Parliament sessions until the Government offers an apology for the reported brutality inflicted by security forces.

On Wednesday, Tayebwa, in his role as Deputy Speaker, emphasized that the Prime Minister, as the leader of Government business, should formally present the Government’s response to the allegations.

Earlier on the same day, members of the opposition parties expressed their determination not to return to Parliament for plenary sessions until the Government issues a substantial apology and a commitment to prevent similar actions by security forces.

Mathius Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, stated during a press conference in Kampala, “We reiterate our demand that the regime provides an explanation concerning the ongoing violations of the rights of various Opposition supporters and leaders, as well as the siege on our party headquarters. We also insist that the government apologizes to the Opposition parties and their respective leaders for the brutality and other violations.” Mpuuga, joined by fellow opposition MPs, further demanded that those responsible for these actions be held accountable, and they sought a commitment from the government to prevent any future violations.

Mpuuga also highlighted the importance of peaceful democratic actions and disapproved of any violent acts, emphasizing that walking out was a globally accepted democratic practice that differed from violent behavior.

When questioned about their course of action if their demands were disregarded, Mpuuga replied, “How can the government ignore us? Otherwise, if they had ignored us, they would not be following what we were doing. We only carry out our duties and do not seek government approval for our actions.”

The situation leading to this request for government response dates back to October 8th when Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine, was detained by security personnel upon his arrival at Entebbe International Airport from South Africa. He was forcibly taken to his home in Magere, Wakiso, disrupting his plans for a procession from Entebbe through Kampala Central Business District.