At least 36 people including leaders and supporters of NUP in Masaka district were arrested on November 18, 2020, shortly after the arrest of their party president and former Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine while on his campaign trail in Luuka district.
The meeting also involved some Resident District Commissioners and legislators from Bugisu. Addressing journalists, shortly after the meeting, Tumwebaze, said that both claimants were irregularly elected because the cultural council that forms the Electoral College was split and the speaker impeached.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on phone, a civilian survivor of the military court Robert Darius Tweyambe said the state uses the court martial because for it takes orders and it doesn’t question them.
“With civil courts although the State has influence over them, they can exercise some independence and release suspects as they have done before," Tweyambe said. "So when they want to hold you longer, they will take you to the Court Martial because there they are totally in charge.”
Before his death, Kasamba was mediating the different rival NRM factions led by Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, the MP for Kyotera County and Kyotera NRM Chairman, Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the Kyotera LCV Chairperson, and Magdalene Nasolo, the Mutukula NRM chairperson.
Mbayo also says that all those who will attend the function will be required to take a Covid-19 test before they are allowed access to the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds where the swearing-in will take place.