Opposition MPs end Boycott of Parliament sittings

The Opposition in Parliament has called off its boycott of plenary sessions following a meeting of the Shadow cabinet held on Tuesday morning.

According to sources that attended the meeting, the MPs said they had agreed to call off the protest after some of their demands had been met.

The opposition led by the National Unity Platform boycotted parliament since last week following the re-arrest of Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana and Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya.

The two legislators were arrested and detained on charges of murder, attempted murder and aiding and abetting terrorism, stemming from their alleged involvement in the recent killings in the Greater Masaka region. Although the two legislators had been granted bail, they were re-arrested in separate events from the precincts of Kigo prison.

It’s on the basis of this that the Leader of Opposition Parliament led a boycott of the Parliament sessions, in protest of the re-arrest and continued detention of their colleagues. Mpuuga also contested statements by Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka that the two MPs would continue to be arrested for as many times as the offences they commit.

The team has now resolved to end the boycott on the condition that the government shows a plan to ensure justice is followed. They said that they have taken stock of the boycott and have therefore resolved to go back to the house starting Tuesday.

“We have resolved to return to Parliament but with actionable plans aimed at ending the violations of rights in Uganda,” the members said after the meeting which was attended by, the opposition Party whips, the Shadow cabinet and the Leader of Opposition at Parliament.  

Attempts to Speak to the shadow cabinet members were futile as they were still engaged in the meeting by press time. 

However, on Monday the Forum for the Democratic Change (FDC) had also resolved to end the boycott, as the members were now in a designated facility.

The Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga is expected to make a statement on the floor of the house in relation to the boycott, among others.

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