Members of the pressure group “People Power” have demanded for the unconditional release of Kyadondo East Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and all other legislators and people that were arrested in Arua during the by-elections last week.
These led by the former presidential candidates, Samuel Lubega Mukaaku and Dr. Abed Bwanika, DP’s Kenneth Kakande, Dr. Lulume Bayega, Moses Kataabu, Kyamundu Sentongo, Zeridah Kakayi, Gerald Siranda among others have given government 72 days to effect the unconditional release.
The leaders held a press conference in Kampala on Monday, to among others give what they call “the true account of what happened in Arua as well relishing the lies and allegations that have been communicated by government and security officials.”
“As vanguards of the People Power, we are here to give guidance to the public on what happened in Arua and what we intend to do after here,” said Mukaaku.
The group dismissed police reports that People Power members attacked the presidential convoy in Arua during the campaigns under the orders of the MP elect Kassiano Wadri and Bobi wine.
“Government claims that there was a head-on brush between our group and that of the president which led to the stone throwing at the president’s convoy; this is a total lie since his team only met with a rare section of our team that had already passed,” Mukaaku said.
Mukaaku added that the campaigns were safe, save for a one Bryn White who openly attacked Bobi Wine ordering his team to confront and attack him.
“This group might have been behind the stone throwing and the damaging of the president’s convoy,” he said.
Mr White was not available to respond to these accusations as his known mobile numbers were switched off by publication.
The group has also condemned the murder of Bobi Wine’s driver and parading of the MP before the General Court martial, yet he is a civilian.
They said they have now set up a legal team to petition the Constitutional Court to challenge Bobi’s trial before the army court.
“Our team is going to the High Court Civil division to apply for bail for all our prisoners and to seek redress for human rights abuses committed to them.”
“We urge President Museveni and his aides to stop churning out outright lies which only escalate the already inflamed political and security atmosphere in the country.”
“We are engaging local and international human rights agencies to hold perpetrators to account for the crimes they have committed and so far we have caused Amnesty International to initiate action in this regard.”