Rebel MPs Blast Museveni Over Treason Charges Against Colleagues

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James Acidri, the Maracha East MP, described the chaos in Arua as state inspired, saying the government of the day doesnt believe in political defeat.
A section of Members of Parliament addressing journalists at the Parliament Building.

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Eleven rebel National Resistance Movement-NRM party members of parliament have condemned treason charges slapped against their colleagues.

It came shortly after government arraigned the Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga, Jinja Municipality East MP, Paul Mwiru, the newly elected Arua Municipality MP, Kassiano Wadri and the former Makindye East MP, Mike Mabikke before Francis Matenga Dawa, Gulu Chief Magistrate's court for treason.

Matenga didn't allow the accused together with several Arua residents to enter any plea since the charges against them are beyond the jurisdiction of his court. He remanded them to Gulu prison until August 30th, 2018 when their matter will return to court for mention.

Another legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East MP appeared later in the General court for alleged possession of firearms and ammunition and was remanded to Makindye Military Barracks.

The suspects were picked up by the Special Forces Command-SFC on Monday evening for allegedly obstructing the president's motorcade and pelting it with stones as he was returning Boma grounds in Arua where he had attended the last campaign rally of Nusura Tiperu, the NRM candidate for the Arua municipality parliamentary seat.

The arrest and subsequent detention of the legislators hasn't go down well with their colleagues. The legislators including Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko, Lwemiyaga County MP, Theodore Ssekikubo, Kumi Woman MP, Monicah Amoding and other opposition legislators accuse president, Yoweri Museveni of fabricating charges against their colleagues.

Addressing a media briefing at parliament on Thursday afternoon, the legislators condemned the torture meted out of their colleague following the gruesome pictures making rounds on social media showing the Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake with wounds on his hands, ears and bruised face.

The Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko tasked government to come out clear and explain torture and trumped up charges leveled against their colleagues.


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James Acidri, the Maracha East MP, described the chaos in Arua as state inspired, saying the government of the day doesn't believe in political defeat.

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The Kinkizi West MP, James Kaberuka blasted president, Museveni, saying that is he fears opposition and should table a constitutional amendment to discard the current political system of government.

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Kumi Woman MP, Monicah Amoding, said the solution to the current problems in the country lies squarely on its leadership.

She called upon Ugandans to rise up and defend the Constitution and their civil space.

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Worker's MP, Sam Lyomoki equally dismissed the charges against their colleagues, saying they trumped, adding that president, Museveni is to blame.

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