Fix roads instead of blocking opposition, LoP Ssenyonyi criticizes govt

Fix roads instead of blocking opposition, LoP Ssenyonyi criticizes govt
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mr Joel Ssenyonyi.

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Parliament, Mr. Joel Ssenyonyi, has expressed criticism towards the government’s decision to obstruct today’s planned activities organized by various opposition political parties under the United Forces of Change group.

Using his official X (formerly Twitter) handle, Ssenyonyi recommended that the government prioritize the repair of Kampala’s potholed roads instead of impeding their planned activities. In a Thursday post, he emphasized, “The regime should focus resources and energies on fixing roads and other issues of concern to Ugandans, not focusing resources and energies on curtailing those raising an alarm about the issues.”

Ssenyonyi’s statement is a response to the heightened security deployment around the residences of opposition leaders, including National Unity Platform Leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Dr. Kizza Besigye, and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

From Left: Dr. Kizza Besigye, former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader, and Robert Kyagulanyi, the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP).

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This move aims to prevent their participation in activities designed to highlight the potholed roads in Kampala for the benefit of the visiting Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) delegates.

On Tuesday, the opposition leaders, united under the United Forces of Change, urged Ugandans to join them in planting trees in the city’s potholes as a form of protest.

In an interview with the NTV on Thursday morning, Mayor Lukwago mentioned that he had not received any notification from security officers explaining the heavy deployment at his home in Rubaga.