By Our Reporter
The opposition Legislators have on Wednesday Morning threatened to boycott parliamentary sittings until Makindye West MP, Allan Ssewanyana and Kawempe North MP, Muhammad Ssegirinya are charged in proficient courts if law.
In a meeting chaired by Leader of Opposition, Hon Mathias Mpuuga and jointly addressed by the Chief opposition whip, Jonh Baptist Nambeshe, Bugiri Municipality MP, Hon Asuman Basalirwa and Luweero Woman MP, Hon Brenda Nabukenya, members of opposition resolved to force the Government to respect the rule of law.
“We condemn the illegal detention of the two MPs and many other Ugandans who are being held for so long without trial.
“We will boycott the plenary sittings of parliament until the due process of the law is followed in the prosecution of our colleagues and other opposition supporters.” Nambeshe said
The resolution comes a day after Opposition MPs Stormed out of the Parliament in protest of what they called government’s failure to offer a satisfactory reason for the inhuman re-arrest of Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya shortly after they had been granted bail.
“Until the two members and other Ugandans who support change who are in incarceration; some in places we don’t know, are taken throut due process, we s not go back to parliament and comfortably deliberate on issues when our people are being persecuted,” Nambeshe added.
The opposition has also rejected President Museveni’s move to abolish the requirement to grant bail to suspects. On the issue, Hon Basalirwa assured that the opposition stands with the current provisions in the Constitution and vowed to protect provisions that entitle anybody accused of an offence to apply for bail.
“We want to confirm that we stand by the current provisions in the Constitution. Uganda obligations, internationally and regionally; we are party to the universal declaration of Human Rights that calls for presumption of innocence, we are a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. All those obligations mandate us as a country to ensure that we respect the presumption of innocence and by extension, we uphold the right to apply for bail,” Basalirwa said.
Adding, “We will defend the current constitutional provision that entitle anybody accused of an offence to apply for bail and will therefore not be party to any moves that are intended to remove bail from our law books. The current provisions on bail are sufficient enough to cater for Mr. Museveni’s concerns.
The NRM government will go into history as the first government in the whole world to abolish bail. Not even the Taliban [in Afghanistan], not even the military regime in North Korea or in Myanmar abolished bail, so, they [NRM] will be the first should they pursue this matter to its conclusion. If Museveni wants to the champion of being unique in that respect, we will not follow him in that uniqueness,” Basalirwa said.