Kabaka of Buganda calls for release of all political prisoners

Kabaka of Buganda calls for release of all political prisoners
NUP supporters arriving at military court last month. NUP says all such cases are political related.

Kampala, Uganda | URN |  Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, the King of Buganda has called for the release of all political prisoners arrested during the 2021 electoral process.

“We appeal for fairness in all election-related cases and release of all the political prisoners. The resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds us of blood-shed, persecution and tears that lead to the deliverance of the world. We are also mandated to always show commitment and suffer for others with transparency in all that we do,” reads part of Kabaka’s message.

This is contained in his Easter message to Christians as they prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the message, the Kabaka congratulates his subjects for engaging in the election process and prayed that God calms down all those still harbouring hate, anger, shame and pain.  

Uganda went to the polls on January 14th, 2021 for the election of the President and Members of Parliament. Incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni won the election with 58 percent of the total votes cast against his closest rival, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine who garnered 35 per cent.

However, several people were picked up by security during campaigns, elections and after. Several families have also complained about missing relatives. The National Unit Platform (NUP) party has also repeatedly complained about the kidnap of their members.

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The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II

The Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo has since confirmed the arrest of 177 people for alleged possession of military stores and meetings to plan for post-election violence.

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According to the list, the majority of the arrested Ugandans are on remand in Makindye Military Barracks. However, several MPs led by Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP have contested the list, saying there are more than 423 political prisoners.

It is these that the Kabaka wants to be released. On corruption, the Kabaka says that is sad to see leaders still involved in acts of corruption, greed, embezzlement, selfishness and others. “We encourage you not to dilute the purpose of resurrection by violating human rights. We wish you a happy Easter,” he said.

The Kabaka also appealed to his subjects to continue adhering to the guidance by doctors to avoid contracting the corona virus disease.