Bobi Wine receives a new boost ahead of Museveni

Since the highly disputed election, Uganda has reported government oppression on opposition parties including putting them under house arrest, abduction among other forms of oppression.

However, as at now, at least 85 National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters have been released after spending more than four months under security detention around the country.

According to Mr. Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesperson said yesterday that they have been documenting cases for over three months now.

What Mr. Ssenyonyi claims to remains a challenge is that when the people are released, they are not free to speak so we have documented a few cases and we shall need to go down into the homes of those people to find out how many have been released.

According to the statistics data, 19 people were arrested on January 2021, in Kyotera District by unknown gunmen who are said to have taken them to unknown destinations.

On their release, three months later, Mr Emmanuel Ssgiryinnya, one of the abductees, said they were dropped in different places before they reached out to their families.

The stories, which were published for over three weeks, became an interest to the public with leaders demanding explanations from the government.

A week later, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Jejje Odongo, tabled in Parliament a list of 177 NUP supporters who were held in different places. This was about a quarter of NUP paty list that had 680 names of missing persons.

Of the government list, only 71 names appeared on the NUP list, leaving the whereabouts of 106 people unknown.

Bobi Wine

A week later, the NUP party president, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, indicated that since he called for peaceful protests, the number of supporters who are being held had risen from 423 to 512.

Mr Wine also indicated that only 27 have been released on bail while 44 have resurfaced from unknown places and are undergoing rehabilitation across the country.

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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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