FDC Protests Arrest of Party Leaders in Kyazanga, Calls for Their Immediate Release

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has called for the immediate release of two of its leaders; Carry Paul Mayanja and Justin Juuko who were arrested on Saturday December 12, 2020 while on an official assignment of identifying and training polling agents in Kyazanga Town Council.

The FDC Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija said Monday that the two were later handed over to Mbirizi Police Station and have now been missing for a week since Mbirizi Police Station “cannot account” for them.

“FDC is unaware of the detention facility of its staff arrested on official duty. Since Juuko and Mayanja are held incommunicado, the party is unable to extend to them welfare, legal and medical attention for a week now,” said Kaija.

“FDC strongly protests the arrest and illegal detention of our party officials and condemns the involvement of Uganda Police in undermining legal and legitimate FDC activities of identifying and training polling agents,” he added.

Kaija said FDC demands Police restraint regarding “interfering” with political activities of political parties and organizations which, since the commencement of election campaigns, have clashed with police over failure to observe COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

He urged the Electoral Commission to “reclaim its mandate” of protecting the electoral process against interference from security agencies.


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