On Thursday last week, the NUP president, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobiwine suspended the deputy head of mobilization, Moses Bigirwa, Andrew Muwanguzi, the acting head of patriotism and ideology, Bamu Lulenzi, the coordinator Busoga sub-region, Jamal Mukuve, the acting youth coordinator, Busoga sub-region and Saulo Nsongambi, the acting NUP coordinator in Jinja city for alleged misconduct.
In their ruling read by the Court of Appeal Registrar, Lillian Bucyana, the court of appeal judges faulted the High court for entertaining Katushabe’s petition on grounds that it was filed late. They argued that Katushabe should have filed a complaint with the Electoral Commission during the nomination process.
The race attracted six candidates including Andrew Muwonge of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party, Harriet Nakwede of the National Unity Platform-NUP, Anthony Waddimba from the Democratic Party-DP and independent candidates; Boniface Bandikubi, Majid Nyanzi and Jamil Kamoga. They are all seeking to replace Feffeka Serubogo, who died just months after taking office.
“Our party is not violent or murderous, security has been using the same tactics in the past to tarnish opposition members," said Mpuga. "Not a single group or any suspect was prosecuted in the first Bijambiya spate in Masaka during the regime of Gen Kayihura. What happened?"
Their presence attracted crowds as residents gathered to catch a glimpse of the legislators. They were intercepted by the police as they approached the health Centre and asked to handover the items to the district COVID-19 Taskforce at Butalangu.
On Monday police spokesman Fred Enanga said the distribution is likely to lead to the spread of the corona virus. He advised all people distributing food to stop and take the food to the district COVID-19 task force coordinators for proper distribution.
The government, through Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, announced at the start of a 42-day lockdown that it would give 100,000 Shillings to persons who were identified as vulnerable at a time when the country is struggling to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apedel has been part of the soldier's brigade, a wing that was responsible for providing security to NUP campaign teams in the recently concluded general elections. He is also one of the firebase members who survived the Kalangala swoop in which more than 90 members of NUP were arrested and subsequently charged.
“They raided homes; a number of our comrades were abducted from different areas between 10th and 11th May. We are reliably informed that most of them are being held at CMI headquarters in Mbuya and are being subjected to all manner of torture and humiliation." -Joel Ssenyonyi, NUP Spokesman
“The people of Uganda value their relationship with the global community and appreciate the concern shown by the United States on the deteriorating situation regarding human rights and civil liberties. It is our hope that other nations of the world will follow suit and support our quest for freedom and democracy,” reads the statement in part.
Addressing elected NUP leaders at their retreat at the Jinja based Nile resort hotel, Kyagulanyi said that they were elected due to their humility and pledges for improved service delivery. He warned that if they choose luxurious lifestyles, they might be compromised to ignore the core principles for, which they were elected into their respective political offices.
Police arrested two NUP leaders who include Afua Namayimba, Division Councilor elect for Kyebando and Agnes Namukula Division elect Councilor for Rubaga. They are currently being detained at Kiira Road Police Station on charges of inciting violence.
According to Namukose, when she was shot, detectives led by Kiira Region Police Commander, Dauda Hiriga visited Namukose at Alshafa Medical hospital where they recorded her statement and promised to foot her medical bills.
Led by Andrew Muwanguzi, the NUP’s coordinator for Eastern Uganda, the members petitioned the Eastern Regional Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC officer Betty Enangu. In the petition, NUP accuses security personnel of abducting their supporters and subjecting them to different forms of torture.