• Oct 05, 2021 . 1 min Read
  • Opposition MPs end boycott of Parliament sittings

The opposition led by the National Unity Platform boycotted parliament last week over the re-arrest of Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana and Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya
Henry Sekanjako
Journalist @New Vision

The Opposition in Parliament has called off its boycott of  Parliament plenary sessions following a meeting of the Shadow cabinet held on Tuesday morning.

According to sources that attended the meeting, the MPs said they had agreed to call off the protest after some of their demands had been met.

The opposition led by the National Unity Platform boycotted parliament since last week following the re-arrest of Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana and Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya.

The two legislators were arrested and detained on charges of murder, attempted murder and aiding and abetting terrorism, stemming from their alleged involvement in the recent killings in the Greater Masaka region.

 Although the two legislators had been granted bail, they were re-arrested in separate events from the precincts of Kigo prison.

It's on the basis of this that the Leader of Opposition in  Parliament Mathias Mpuuga led a boycott of the Parliament sessions, in protest of the re-arrest and continued detention of their colleagues.

The opposition on Tuesday resolved to end the boycott on the condition that the government shows a plan to ensure justice is followed. 

They said that they have taken stock of the boycott and have therefore resolved to go back to the house starting Tuesday.

 

“We have resolved to return to Parliament but with actionable plans aimed at ending the violations of rights in Uganda,” One of the members said  after the meeting which was attended by, the opposition Party whips, the Shadow cabinet and the Leader of Opposition at Parliament.

 

Reacting to their come back, deputy speaker of Parliament Anita Among, said Parliament missed their presence in the August House.

 

However in response, Mpuuga said, ' We were not in exile we only took a reconciliatory decision to retreat. We are not back becuase things are okay, but because we are the legislators of our people'.

 

Mpuuga implored the government to take action and produce their colleagues for a quicker and fair trial.

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