NUP Leaders Arrested On Independence Day

KAMPALA – Joel Ssenyonyi, the spokesperson for the National Unity Platform-NUP party, Lewis Rubongoya, the party’s secretary-general, and Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, a former NUP parliamentary candidate from Kampala Central, have been arrested by security forces, including the military and police, encircled them at Rubbies Pump, a fuel station in Kamwokya.

This incident unfolded shortly after they had shared their plans with journalists regarding the celebration of Uganda’s independence at their party headquarters.

The security forces then transported them in a minibus, humorously referred to as a “drone,” to Kiira Road police station. Simultaneously, several other individuals donning NUP t-shirts were picked up and driven away in pickup trucks to an undisclosed location.

The detained leaders had recently briefed the press about their intention to assemble at the NUP offices, commemorating independence and offering prayers for colleagues who had lost their lives in their political endeavors.

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Yesterday, Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform Party Principal, declared that NUP members would gather at their Kamwokya offices to pray for those who had suffered under the regime those who were killed, abducted, still missing, and unlawfully detained.

Kyagulanyi underscored that, given the prevailing circumstances; there was little cause for genuine celebration of independence, contending that the country remained far from true independence. According to him, the shift from white colonialists to black colonialists during independence had only led to greater injustices.

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