Kyagulanyi rules out talks with Museveni

Presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu

The president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has ruled out the option of entering into negotiations with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to secure the freedom of his (Kyagulanyi) supporters who were arrested last year.

It’s exactly four months since security forces rounded up and arrested members of Kyagulanyi’s campaign team while in Kalangala district where he had gone to look for votes ahead of the presidential elections held on January 14, 2021.

Speaking on Friday during prayers for NUP supporters who have died in the ‘struggle’ and those in prison, Kyagulanyi said that he is increasingly coming under pressure from the relatives of those in detention to talk to the government in order for them to be released.

The prayers were held at the NUP party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala.

Kyagulanyi said, if indeed the detainees have cases to answer, they should be taken to civil courts and be charged as there is nobody above the law.

On December 30, 2020, security forces rounded up more than 100 NUP supporters and kept them in different detention centres in Masaka district.

The majority of them have since been released on bail but some 35 – mostly those with a close relationship with Kyagulanyi were charged before the General Court Martial with being in possession of ammunition contrary to the UPDF and Firearms’ Acts.

Kyagulanyi also called for unity among all forces of change arguing that divisions will help the state to continue dominating them.

For his part, Sheikh Ismail, an Imam at A Shuraa Mosque Bweyogerere called upon NUP leaders and supporters to trust in God because it’s only him who will liberate them from their current woes.

Ismail also called upon the government to stop treating opponents as though they are not citizens of Uganda.

While speaking at Kyankwanzi on Wednesday, President Museveni said his government will deal decisively with anybody who tries to disorganize peace in the country.

He said, his is a resistance movement that cannot be shaken by riots and demonstrations by NUP supporters in towns like Kampala. 


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