The highly billed debate on Uganda’s democracy at UK’s House of Commons registered a low turn of lawmakers on Tuesday evening, Chimp Corps report.
The session held at the Westminster Hall was graced by less than ten MPs.
Led by Dr Paul Williams, the MPs condemned the arrest and torture of Members of the Ugandan Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi known as Bobi Wine, Paul Mwiru, Francis Zaake, Gerald Karuhanga, and Kasiano Wadri’
They also spoke about the state’s cancellation of Bobi Wine’s music concerts
They said arrest and the use of torture against elected legislators has no place in a democratic country.
Some suggested that Britain stops funding of Uganda armed forces’ programmes.
They further called for travel bans in light of human rights violations especially during the Kasese attacks and arrest of opposition politicians Dr Kizza Besigye and Betty Nambooze among others.
Most importantly, Uganda’s influence and relative stability in the region makes it a priority country for UK objectives.
Uganda hosts over one million refugees, predominately from South Sudan, and is the third largest refugee hosting nation in the world.
This number is expected to continue to increase.
UK has for decades continued to provide grants to Uganda in support of refugee programmes, health sector, army and other critical areas.
The debate was adjourned without any vote being taken by lawmakers against Uganda.