‘Free jailed NUP supporters’ calls intensify as Muslims celebrate Eid

Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu is the latest of the voices urging the government to free opposition supporters who have been under detention over offences related to the recently concluded general elections.

Addressing Muslims at a luncheon he hosted at his Kibuli residence near Kampala to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitri, Nakibinge said that the current political tensions will not calm down if the crackdown on opposition supporters is not stopped.

“I have always said that you can’t force someone to like what he doesn’t like; you can’t force somebody to leave what he believes in,” Nakibinge said.

He was speaking in reference to hundreds of opposition supporters, particularly those linked to former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s National Unity Platform (NUP) who started testing the wrath of the state immediately the Electoral Commission (EC) flagged off the 2021 presidential campaigns.

“I wish to appeal to the authorities in the land to release all those in captivity because of election related issues. That is the only way we can keep what happened behind us and forge forward,” Nakibinge said.

NUP claims that about 600 of its supporters and activists are held by state in various detention centres around the country.

Like the Mufti, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubaje, Nakibinge too told President Yoweri Museveni that after his inauguration for a new term of office, he should focus more on what keeps the country united.

“You have the mandate to lead all of us irrespective of who voted for you, or who have not accepted the outcome of the election. Be fair, just and kind to us; that is your constitutional mandate, it is not a favour that we are asking for but please adhere to the provisions of the Constitution,” the prince, revered as the titular head of the Muslim community in Uganda said.

“Let us be magnanimous, forgive one another and let those people (in detention) to rejoin their families,” Nakibinge said.

He also mourned the victims of the November 18 – 19, 2020 riots as well as Shiekhs Anas Abdulnoor Kaliisa and Nuhu Muzaata Batte as well as the late Kampala Archbishop, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, and the former Bishop of Masaka, John Baptist Kaggwa.

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