Bobi Wine Condemns Government’s Actions: Denied Access to Detained NUP Supporters

Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), has strongly criticized the government’s decision to block him and fellow party members from visiting their supporters held at Kitalya Prison. These individuals have been detained for over three years.

Kyagulanyi claims that prison officers cited directives from higher authorities, indicating that only Johnson Byabashaija, the Prisons boss, could grant permission for their visit. Expressing frustration, Kyagulanyi accused the authorities of allowing ruling regime officials access to the detainees while denying the same privilege to opposition members. He also alleged that the authorities were trying to pressure the detainees into making false accusations against NUP members.

Kyagulanyi stressed that there is no legal justification for the government’s actions, pointing out the arbitrary nature of their orders. He reiterated his call for the unconditional release of all political prisoners and compensation for the trauma and torture they have suffered.

“Denying us our fundamental rights to visit and support our comrades based on ‘orders from above’ is not acceptable,” Kyagulanyi stated. “This blatant disregard for the rule of law underscores the need to free our nation and its institutions from undue influence and abuse of power.”

The 13 NUP supporters detained at Kitalya Prison include Bazira Kiwanuka, Fred Luwaga, Hassan Busulwa, Willy Tomusange, Sadat Katongole, Paul Kigongo, Shaban Makale, Kabonge Salongo, Shafiki Nsambya, Fahad Migadde, Moses Mbabazi, and Mahmood Semakula.

These individuals were among 76 people arrested during a joint security operation in Kamwokya and Kiyembe, where security forces aimed to recover army and police uniforms from civilians.

According to the prosecution, the accused were found in possession of uniforms containing parts or closely resembling those of security agencies, an act that violates guidelines against the use of marks, accessories, and uniforms reserved for the armed forces

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