By : Hon.Mathias Mpuuga(MP)
Leader of the Opposition
Today marks exactly two years since the state, in a brute show of force murdered 54 Ugandans on Kampala streets, and scores more were left with injuries in different parts of the country following the arrest of Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who was campaigning in Luuka district.
In days that followed, Gen Yoweri Museveni pledged to compensate the families of some of the people who died during this period of terror and also directed a deeper inquiry and prosecution of the culpable officers.
To date, President Museveni has neither compensated the families nor have the police published the outcome of their investigation leave alone holding anyone accountable for the heinous killings.
The acts of November 18th and 19th, 2020 were a continuation of the regime’s clamp down on Opposition supporters, especially those that showed open support for our party, the NUP, and our President, Hon Kyagulanyi as we moved towards the 2021 General elections.
So, today, we remember not only the 54 who were killed on the two dark days of November 2020 but the many Ugandans who have been killed since August 2018 in Arua, those who have been abducted and disappeared as well as the comrades facing politically motivated charges.
On several occasions, we have risen in Parliament to demand accountability of our supporters who were abducted by the state during the general elections, but in vain.
The government has on some occasions admitted that some of our supporters were under their custody and indeed some were released albeit in bad shape, maimed, with multiple wounds and in immense pain owing to the torturous treatment they were subjected to by the state while in detention.
A few days ago, the Attorney General, Hon Kiryowa Kiwanuka appeared before the UN Committee Against Torture where he tried to conceal the glaring abuses.
We invite the regime to respect the Constitutional provisions on rights and freedoms especially Article 29 which guarantees the right of every citizen to free speech, expression, assembly and association.
We shall not tire of demanding justice for those who have so far been killed and all the political prisoners.
Mathias Mpuuga (MP)
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION