Former Makerere University researcher and aspiring Kampala Woman Member of Parliament, Dr Stella Nyanzi alongside other opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party officials have been arrested.
The officials were picked up by police in Kampala city centre as they attempted to march to Parliament to protest Government’s recent decision to construct a 223km road network inside Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Among other FDC officials arrested with Nyanzi was the party deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija and Habib Buwembo.
Nyanzi had earlier told reporters that “dictator Museveni should first construct roads in Uganda before doing the same in DRC.”
“We are decrying the move to construct tarmac roads in Congo, yet our country lacks roads. Why approve 250 billion shillings for construction of roads in neighbouring Congo yet Ugandans are suffering with lack of roads,” said Nyanzi before she and her colleagues were arrested and detained.
Cabinet on September 28, 2020 approved an ambitious plan to construct roads linking Uganda and eastern DRC.
The Minister of Works and Transport Gen Katumba Wamala on October 6, 2020 defended the move, saying, it would boost trade between the two neighbouring countries.
Sections of the public and Parliament condemned Government’s move to spend 200 billion to construct roads in DRC, saying that Kampala Government should concentrate on first bettering its own road network.