The team has now resolved to end the boycott on the condition that the government shows a plan to ensure justice is followed. They said that they have taken stock of the boycott and have therefore resolved to go back to the house starting Tuesday.
The Opposition in Parliament
The Opposition in Parliament has called off its boycott of
plenary sessions following a meeting of the Shadow cabinet held this morning.
The opposition led by the National Unity Platform boycotted
parliament since last week following the re-arrest of Makindye West MP Allan
Sewanyana and Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya.
The two legislators were
arrested and detained on charges of murder, attempted murder and aiding and
abetting terrorism, stemming from their alleged involvement in the recent
killings in the Greater Masaka region. Although the two legislators had been granted bail, they were re-arrested in
separate events from the precincts of Kigo prison.
It's on the basis of this
that the Leader of Opposition Parliament led a boycott of the Parliament
sessions, in protest of the re-arrest and continued detention of their
colleagues. Mpuuga also contested statements by Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka that the
two MPs would continue to be arrested for as many times as the offences they
team has now resolved to end the boycott on the condition that the government shows a plan
to ensure justice is followed. They said that they have taken stock of the boycott and have therefore resolved to go back to the house starting Tuesday.
“We have resolved to return to Parliament but with
actionable plans aimed at ending the
violations of rights in Uganda,” the members said after the meeting which was attended by, the opposition Party whips, the Shadow cabinet and the Leader of Opposition at Parliament.
Attempts to Speak to the shadow cabinet members were futile
as they were still engaged in the meeting by press time. However, on Monday the
Forum for the Democratic Change (FDC) had also resolved to end the boycott, as
the members were now in a designated facility.
The Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga is expected to make
a statement on the floor of the house in relation to the boycott, among others.