Opposition MPs Extend Parliamentary Leave, Demand Government Apology

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Opposition MPs Extend Parliamentary Leave, Demand Government Apology
The opposition members of parliament initially left the parliamentary sessions on October 10th in protest against the arrests of leaders and supporters from the National Unity Platform (NUP) who had gathered at the party's secretariat in Kamwokya.
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Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs), led by the opposition leader Mathias Mpuuga, have announced their decision to remain absent from parliamentary sessions until the government provides an official statement addressing the arrests of their fellow colleagues and offers an apology.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, Opposition MPs stated their intention to continue their leave from parliament until the government responds to their demands regarding the arrest of their fellow members and issues a formal apology.

Mpuuga stated, “We continue to demand an official statement from the government regarding the recent events in parliament, and that statement must include an apology, a commitment, and an assurance that such actions will not recur.”



He emphasized that actions like the arrests of their leaders and supporters have no place within the framework of the law or common sense. The opposition is resolute in opposing any actions that demean the political process.

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Mpuuga added, “Such actions must not be repeated, as they have no basis in the law or common sense. We will not stand by as the political landscape is debased by the current regime. NRM’s disregard for our party offices, including obstructing our simple act of prayer, is unacceptable.”

The opposition members of parliament initially left the parliamentary sessions on October 10th in protest against the arrests of leaders and supporters from the National Unity Platform (NUP) who had gathered at the party’s secretariat in Kamwokya.

Acting leader of the opposition, Muwanga Kivumbi, led this protest after deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa denied their request for an explanation from the government regarding the arrests of their leaders.



During Tuesday’s plenary session, Muwanga Kivumbi had asked acting speaker Thomas Tayebwa to allow the ministers responsible for security to provide an explanation regarding the arrests of their leaders, or he would lead the opposition MPs out of the session.



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