KAMPALA — One Opposition Member President on Friday stormed out of the Kololo Independence Grounds in the middle of President Yoweri Museveni’s State-of-the-Nation address.
Makindye East MP Derrick Nyeko walked out in protest after realising that “the President was only addressing his state/concerns and not the true state of the Republic of Uganda”.
“This afternoon as Gen Museveni was presenting what he termed as a State of the Nation nation Address, I walked out in protest…. Ugandans truly deserve a more sincere leader,” MP Nyeko wrote.
The President was also intrupted by the Opposition MPs who started waving placards —demanding the ‘‘release of political prisoners’’ in the middle of his address.
The MPs led by Kampala Woman MP Shamim Malende held aloft handwritten placards inscribed with phrases, ‘’Free our people. Free political prisoners,’’ during the televised event at Kololo Independence Grounds.
President Museveni ignored them and continued speaking.
The army court at Makindye chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has repeatedly denied bail to several opposition supporters arrested in December last year on grounds that they would incite violence.
Prosecution states that the detainees were held for unlawful possession of ammunition contrary to the Firearms Act. The suspects, who incude Bobi Wine’s singing partner Ali Bukeni alias Nubian Li and his personal body guard, Edward Sebufu alias Eddy Mutwe denied the charges.
National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka MPs for demanding freedom of their supporters.
“You may not have the courage to protest at the city square, but you can protest in a different way. Whenever you have opportunity, raise that placard and say no to the kidnap, torture and murder of our people,” Mr. Wine said.
Bobi Wine also said that his supporters who were arrested towards the swearing in of President Museveni have not been seen anywhere or produced in any court.
These he said, include Nuhu Sanya, Sebagala Gordon, Kasisi Richard, Lutaaya Olivia, Kalyango Muhamood, Munanyagwa Fred, Machete Yasin, Segujja Rashid, Kiweewa Evan Jordan, Mayiga Ronald, Nyombi Richard, Ashraf Kalanzi and many others.