A group of university student leaders have called for the unconditional release of the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and all those picked up in connection to the just concluded Arua Municipality parliamentary by-elections.
The students made the call during a press briefing at Kyambogo University on Wednesday. The presser was a part of a nationwide campaign by students to call for an end illegal detentions and brutality against civilians by security forces.
German Amanya, the Kyambogo University Guild president, says the students will determine their next course of action after Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine appears before the General court martial on Thursday.
Amanya condemns the brutal arrests and torture of journalists, arguing that it was inhuman for soldiers to be at the forefront of abusing human rights.
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Alfred Ongwen, the speaker of the Uganda National Students Association – UNSA, says Kyagulanyi is slated to deliver a key note address to student leaders in the country at a UNSA seminar scheduled for September 13th and 14th at Seroma Christian High School in-Mukono.
He says they expect Kyagulanyi to speak to student leaders, which has forced them to call government to release him.
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Kyagulanyi is expected to present a paper titled "The Importance of Students Taking up Political Spaces in Uganda" at a symposium organised under the theme: "Student Leadership in the 21st Century: Students as the Vanguard of New Generation"
Sheila Kyasiimire, the Secretary for Women Affairs at UNSA and a student at Ndejje University, describes the current situation in the country as horrendous and calls for the
respect of people's representatives in Parliament as well as respect for humanity.
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Christopher Angiro, the Kyambogo University Guild General Secretary, wonders why President Museveni is not listening to the voices of Ugandans. He says students have no option but to join those demanding for change in the country's leadership.
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David Musiri, an activist and Bachelor of Arts with Education student at Makerere University claimed that several students picked up with Bobi Wine are in custody.
He mentions Bobi Nyanyi, a continuing student at Makerere who he claims has brutally been tortured.
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Latest reports show that the Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and his Mityana Municipality counterpart, Francis Zzake are still in much pain after being tortured by presidential security during the Arua By-elections.
The two were arrested together with Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality MP, Paul Mwiru, Jinja East, Kasiano Wadri, the Arua municipality MP and Mike Mabikke, the former Makindye MP together with 30 others on Monday last week for alleged treason.
Trouble started when unidentified people believed to be Wadri's supporters pelted the president's convoy with stones as he was returning from Boma grounds in Arua town where he had attended the last campaign rally of Nusura Tiperu, the NRM candidate for the Arua municipality MP by-elections.
The president's security stormed Pacific hotel in Arua town where they roughed up the legislators. Bobi' Wine driver, Yasin Kawuma was shot dead in the fracas at the hotel. No suspect has been apprehended in connection to the shooting.