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JUST IN: After Realizing Threats Won’t Work, Speaker Anita Among Tasks Gov’t On Opposition Demands

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For the better part of this month of November and last month of October, the opposition walked out of parliamentary seatings and decided to stay away until government comes out to explain on the forceful disappearance of individuals especially opposition supporters.

In the period preceding to the 2021 general elections and after the polls till date, opposition supporters especially those who align with Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) have severally and randomly been picked from their places of work, their homes by Hiace vans commonly known as drones. Some are returned after some time, while others head to journeys of no return and have never been seen two years on and are not even in known prisons.


Owing to the gross violation of human rights, opposition legislators opted to stay away from plenary until government comes out clean with convincing explanation on the disappearance of Ugandans (panda gari) and gross human rights violations especially meted on Ugandans by the security operatives.

Speaker Anita Among would later issue threats to opposition legislators in a move to push them into quitting the boycott, led by the Leader of Opposition in parliament Mathias Mpuuga, opposition MPs have remained defiant and even today sat and resolved to continue staying away from parliamentary sittings until when government comes out. In the orders issues by Anita Among, she banned all opposition legislators from attending committee sittings if they’re not appearing in the house for normal parliamentary business.

However, after realizing that the threats won’t work but pushing the opposition legislators into a prolonged boycott, speaker Anita Among has directed the Executive to address the human rights concerns raised by the opposition through the presentation of a comprehensive report on the issues raised. This comes after the 30 days that the-then presiding officer, Thomas Tayebwa granted them elapsed. She argued that acknowledging and proactively responding to these issues raised is essential in fostering transparency.

“As you may recall, on the 19th October 2023, the Presiding Officer [Thomas Tayebwa] granted Executive 30 days to respond to matters raised by the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament regarding various Human Rights Issues,’’ she said, adding that: ‘’While the 30 days elapsed on the 19th of November, I received notification of the absence of the relevant Ministers. I accordingly differed the presentation of the Statement. I now take this opportunity to direct the Executive to cause the presentation of the Statement tomorrow. All Members are accordingly notified.’’

We wait to see if Museveni’s government will come out with convincing explanations on where it’s keeping the lost opposition supporters who have been disappearing over time.

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