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Activists for change ask Chief Justice to reign in magistrates :: Uganda Radionetwork

Activists for change ask Chief Justice to reign in magistrates

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Members of the Activist for Change want Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki to reign in on some magistrates handling cases involving the walk to work protestors.

Mathias Mpuuga the Activists for Change coordinator says some of the magistrates have allowed themselves to be used by the oppressive state machinery.



He says that some magistrates are allowing the state to align innocent people before them to face non existent charges, while others demand for bail money in cash over non substantiated charges.


Betty Nambooze who was sent to Kauga prison then later moved to Luzira says they have all resolved not to apply for bail when they are produced before court.

Nambooze says it beats her understanding when government continuously takes them to court forcing them to pay for bail numerous times yet they are protesting against the high living standards.



Nambooze narrates that when she was arrested in Mukono, she was taken to Luzira in the middle of the night and found that the prisons have had an impressive change and would not mind going back there for a few months.

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On Saturday last week, President Museveni told journalists at his home in that he would deal with FDC leader Dr. Kiiza Besigye and his supporters participating in the walk to work protests.



Nambooze calls on the President to use this Easter holiday to give Ugandans a message of hope instead of using threatening language against them.  

She says come Thursday when schools close for their second term holiday she will be heading to Rubaga girls and carry her daughters’ luggage on her head since she cannot afford a car to take them to Mukono.

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Cue out:…back to Mukono.”

Mathias Mpuga says they have information that police is recalling police constables who were used during the elections to boost police manpower to curb protests.


Deputy police spokesperson Vincent Sekate denies the allegations but when asked whether they have enough manpower to quell the protests, he remained silent.

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