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"Our husbands are rotting in jail for supporting Kyagulanyi. Why make us suffer? Most of us have been kicked out of our homes because of rent arrears. Our children have not reported to schools. Why? She asked. The protesters who carried placards sang songs demanding the release of the suspects and they marched from Kamwokya to the city center.
The wives and relatives of the detained NUP supporters during the protest

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The wives and relatives of the detained National Unity Platform-NUP supporters have led a procession to parliament demanding to meet the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga to push for their release.

About 50 women including mothers and relatives of NUP suspects who were arrested in Kalangala district in January this year and remanded to Kitalya prisons converged at the NUP headquarters in Kamwokya where they first addressed journalists before marching to parliament. 

They explained that the continued incarceration of their husbands has taken a huge toll on their families and the education of their children. Fridah Nabatanzi, the Woman coordinator in NUP, says they have made several pleas to the government to free their husbands and children in vain.

“We the women whose husbands and children are detained have cried out many times. Our children and husbands have been tortured and others are still languishing in prisons. We are going to do everything possible for the victims to get justice,” Nabantanzi said.

Ritah Nakayiza from Mayuge district said they resolved to march to Parliament and petition the speaker, of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga because she is also a mother.

"Our husbands are rotting in jail for supporting Kyagulanyi. Why make us suffer? Most of us have been kicked out of our homes because of rent arrears. Our children have not reported to schools. Why? She asked. The protesters who carried placards sang songs demanding the release of the suspects and they marched from Kamwokya to the city center.

“Free All Political Prisoner,’ one of the placards read. However, police intercepted the protesters along Kiira road leading to a scuffle and running battles.   

//Cue in: Ambience

Coe out: mu bonabona?//    

Police later managed to arrest two women and bundled them onto a waiting police patrol truck, which sped off from the scene. The remaining women scattered in different directions when they saw the police officers rough up their colleagues.

One of the petitioners, who requested not to be named for security reasons said all they want is the release of their relatives.

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//Cue in: Nkoze kibi …

 

Cue out: abana bafe.”//

Minutes later, two police pickup trucks filled with officers from the Field Force Unit arrived at the scene.

Police officers declined to comment on the matter and instead referred URN to the police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, who couldn’t be reached by the time of filing this story.

About the NUP supporters

Over 100 people were arrested during the campaign trail of the National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in Kalangala district. Ninety-six suspects were transferred and detained at Masaka Central Police Station.

They were later charged with inciting violence, participating in acts likely to lead to the spread of Covid-19, obstructing and assaulting police officers on duty.  The others were later slapped with charges of illegal possession of ammunition.

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