Opposition Calls for MP Kabaziguruka's Release


In short
Kabaziguruka was detained at the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka over alleged links to a rebel group plotting to overthrow government. However, Kiiza criticized government for continually intimidating the opposition and slapping trumped up charges against them.

Opposition Members of Parliament have called for the immediate release of Nakawa division MP, Michael Kabaziguruka.

The members led by Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament said the continued arrest and detention of Kabaziguruka is an act of intimidation to those against the ruling government.

Kabaziguruka was arrested over alleged links to a rebel group plotting to overthrow government. He was first detained at the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka and later put under house arrest at his home in Luzira, a Kampala suburb. It has however been reported that he has since been transferred to Nalufenya Police Post in Jinja.

Kiiza however says the police should summoned the legislator through the office of the  Speaker of Parliament before his arrest.
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Kiiza was backed by Joseph Ssewungu, the Democratic Party whip, who says there is no legal instrument placing the MP under house arrest. He demanded for the immediate withdrawal of police from Kabaziguruka's home in Luzira.
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Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko says the use of preventive arrest against members of the opposition has been abused by the Police, adding that the house arrest is unjustified since Kabaziguruka is innocent until proven guilty.
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Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa cited the case of Bukhooli South MP Stephen Mayende Dede who was arrested during the 9th Parliament by police but no charges have since been preferred against him.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga told the House that since the Minister of Internal Affairs is yet to be vetted, she will discuss the matter with the Vice President, Edward Ssekandi on the legal process.
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Kiiza asked newly approved Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to handle the detention of Dr Kizza Besigye and Kabaziguruka immediately.

This is not the first time that Kabaziguruka has been arrested. In 2012, he was detained for four months over treason but was released.


About the author

Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.