The leadership of the national Unity Platform (NUP) has announced a set of activities that it shall be engaging in to further highlight the plight of its members that have been detained and ensure that they get justice.
The leaders made the remarks during ecumenical dedication prayers for the party members who are in prison.
They said prayers are very important at the moment because only God can save the two leaders who have been in prison for almost a year from the hands of the regime.
They joined the families of Ssewanyana and Ssegirinya to pray for them and further condemned their continued detention without trial. They were also joined by the families of 15 people who are still missing since 2020, according to the party.
The president of the party Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine said it is now exactly one year since the two legislators were remanded to prison on “trumped” up charges of terrorism and murder.
“Initially, the two Members of Parliament were granted cash bail of shs 20 million each. However, although they paid the money, the MPs have never regained their freedom, “he said.
Kyagulanyi said that last week, Justice Elizabeth Jane Alividza who had fast-tracked their trial at the International Crimes Division of the High Court was unceremoniously transferred to the land division.
“Our comrades now have to once again wait in prison until another Judge is assigned their file. Thankfully, our legal team is doing all it can to stop this nightmare. It shall be well, “he said.
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Mathias Mpuuga said they are disheartened by the circumstances surrounding continued incarceration of the two MPs without trial which he said all point to one thing, the persecution by the State.
“We are equally not satisfied with the way the judiciary has handled this matter. At one point, the judiciary released the Hon Members on bail but the State re-arrested them on similar charges, “he said.
He said that he fears there might be a syndicated move to imprison the two MPs without trial contrary to Article 23 (1) and 28 (3) of the Constitution, adding that these games have eroded the reputation of the judiciary and the trust citizens ought to have in the judiciary.
“The actions of the state against the Hon Members have fundamentally contravened their constitutional right to presumption of innocence, right to apply for bail and a fair and speedy hearing, “he said.