Opposition MPs Resolve to Fight for Political Space

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Roland Mugume, the Rukungiri Municipality MP says there is need to create political space for all former presidential candidates to contribute to the development of the country.

Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party legislators have vowed to continue fighting for their political space as the tenth parliament take shape. The MPs resolve comes amidst heightened tension between Uganda's biggest opposition party and the ruling National Resistance Movement party government.

 
Trouble between FDC and NRM stems from the just concluded 2016 presidential poll results. FDC has been pushing an independent audit of the poll results, insisting the incumbent president; Yoweri Museveni wasn't validly elected. Recently, the opposition party installed its former presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye as the people's president.

 
In response, government arrested Besigye and locked him up for treason.  A number of FDC party officials including Wafula Oguttu, the Leader of Opposition in parliament, the FDC National Chairperson, Ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa and Geoffrey Ekanya are expected to appear before the Police Special Investigations Division (SID) for interrogations in relation to the swearing in of Besigye.

 
However, Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party legislators, say the arrest of their party officials will not deter their efforts to fight for their political space. Abdu Katuntu, the Bugweri County Member of Parliament, says the political question must be resolved through dialogue.  

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Winnie Kizza, the Kasese Woman MP says her primary focus in the tenth parliament will be to ensure that people's rights, rule of law and constitution are upheld.
 

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Roland Mugume, the Rukungiri Municipality MP says there is need to create political space for all former presidential candidates to contribute to the development of the country.
 
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William Nzoghu Musabe, the Busongora North County MP says the humiliation of Besigye and other opposition leaders places Museveni in a tight corner.
 


 
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The Budadiri West MP, Nathan Nandala Mafabi says his agenda in the Tenth parliament will be to fight for good governance in the country, rule of law and protection of the constitution. He also condemned the increase in the number of the legislators in parliament at the expense of services.
 

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Mwijukye Francis, the Buhweju County MP, says he is not about to abandon his fight for human rights, equal opportunities, justice and fairness. According to Mwijukye, he comes to parliament at a time when injustice and intolerance is at its peak.
 
 
 
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Mubarak Munyagwa Sserunga, the Kawempe South MP says his first task is to fight for the rights of Dr. Kizza Besigye.
 


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By close of business on Tuesday, 296 out of 426 newly elected legislators of the tenth parliament had sworn in.

 

About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.