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Kyagulanyi Driven Home after Foiled Procession to Mbuya Military Headquarters

The National Unity Platform president had indicated that his party was to deliver a petition to the Chief of Defense Forces-CDF, Gen. David Muhoozi to demand the release of his supporters who were illegally detained. Immediately after the press conference that took place at his offices in Kamwokya, the army and the police surrounded the premises checking every car that left the building.
16 Mar 2021 15:47

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Former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has been forcefully driven to his home in Magere by a joint security team of the army and the police.

The National Unity Platform president had indicated that his party was to deliver a petition to the Chief of Defense Forces-CDF, Gen. David Muhoozi to demand the release of his supporters who were illegally detained. Immediately after the press conference that took place at his offices in Kamwokya, the army and the police surrounded the premises checking every car that left the building.

After about an hour, Kyagulanyi who was being driven by NUP Secretary-General, David Lewis Rubongoya, was forcefully dragged out of the car and put into a police truck that sped off at breakneck speed towards his home in Magere.

Speaking to reporters before they drove out of the premises, Rubongoya said Kyagulanyi had no intentions of personally taking the petition to the CDF. He said other party leaders led by Dr Lina Zedriga, the NUP vice president for Northern Uganda would deliver the petition.

//Cue in… it's very unfortunate

Cue out…be at Mbuya,”//

During the press conference, Kyagulanyi said it was within his right to go to the army headquarters to see the CDF and the minister of Defense Adolf Mwesige even without an appointment because they occupy public offices which must be open to serve everyone who goes there.

This is not the first office that Kyagulanyi has gone to try and have his more than 400 supporters arrested from different parts of the country released. Last week Kyagulanyi presented a statement to parliament calling for the unconditional release of his supporters while last month he petitioned the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to intervene in the matter.

By press time, the team that had gone to Mbuya to deliver the petition had yet to be allowed access to the CDF. Meanwhile, Kyagulanyi has also called upon the government to lift the nighttime curfew which runs from 9 pm-5:30 am, arguing that there is no causation between the spread of COVID-19 and the crippling curfew.

The curfew was declared in the country last year as a means to stop the spread of COVID-19. Initially, it was starting at 7 pm-6 a.m. but was later revised as the government started relaxing the lockdown. However, when almost all restrictions were lifted, curfew remained intact, according to President Museveni, to limit night interactions.

Speaking to reporters at his offices, Kyagulanyi said all that the curfew does is cripple people economically. He said if the government doesn’t do away with the curfew, they will have no option but to call upon people to demonstrate against it; as according to him, it’s the only language that the government understands.

Cue in…. that Gen Museveni

Cue out…Covid-19, whatsoever,”//

Kyagulanyi also used his address today to dispute claims by the president over the weekend that NUP cheated during the January 14 general election. On the contrary, Kyagulanyi said, it was the government with support from security organizations and the electoral commission that engaged in election malpractices. He challenged Museveni to agree to a rerun as he also believes that the election was neither free nor fair.

//Cue in…Gen. Museveni claimed

Cue out… for an audit