The National Unity Platform (NUP) has said that the 2021 polls
were the most violent the country has witnessed.
On Wednesday, top officials from the party were appearing before
the parliamentary committee on Human Rights that is probing violence in the
2021 elections. The leaders reiterated calls to have all of its members and
supporters who are currently being held in different facilities countrywide
Secretary-General David Lewis Rubongoya, Spokesperson Joel
Ssenyonyi, John Baptist Nambeshe, the Eastern Region Deputy president and
Mathias Mpuuga, the NUP Deputy President in charge of the central region told
the committee that the elections were marred by an unprecedented level of
violence and will go down as the most violent in Uganda's history.
Rubongoya claims that 19 NUP supporters died during the campaigns,
in addition to the over 50 people who died in the protests in November. He told
the committee that several of their team members were targeted, several of them
beaten and injured while hundreds were kidnapped and are still missing.
Rubongoya says that although their members are being held at
Kitalya prison and others in Makindye Military barracks, they should be
released because all of their crimes against them were fabricated.
He also called for investigations into the shooting of over 50
people in Kampala and different parts of the country.
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Mpuuga says that fighting for the release of the NUP supporters has
been difficult as the process has been highly commercialized. He claims
that it is very unusual for a NUP detainee to get non-cash bail.
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Marvin Sasi the Legal Officer NUP denied that NUP violated
standard operating procedures on COVID-19.
Agnes Taaka Wejuli, the committee vice-chairperson who was leading
the session tasked the team to account for its members who were intimidating
members and threatening violence.
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However, Mpuuga told the committee that those who blocked the
roads and beat-up Ugandans were disguised NUP supporters and hooligans.
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Wejuli said they will interact with security and all affected
persons then write a detailed report.