The right to peaceful demonstration is a constitutional Right that is engraved in the Ugandan constitution. Many times Ugandans have tried to exercise this right but then always they are intercepted with very strong forces, killings and Imprisoning.
Earlier this year, before the February elections, a campaigning team of over 100 people that belonged to the then presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu were arrested. Most of these were granted bail in Masaka but then were rearrested by the army and charged in Military court. Until today these people are still languishing in Jail. It should also be noted that ever since the end of the elections, more arrest were made, of young people who supported the National Unity Platform. And also others were kidnaped allegedly by the government security forces. In most incidents those Kidnapped resurfaced with brutal futures of torture on their bodies for example, removed finger nails, castrated male others in no position even to talk and even some found dead and dumped.
Yesterday, women leaders of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and relatives of missing people held a peaceful protest in a march to the Parliament of Uganda to petition the speaker of Parliament for the immediate release of all people currently languishing in illegal detentions and those with slapped on Charges by the state or call them political prisoners.
Instead of listening to their concerns and also providing them with the security they deserved, the police rounded up a number of them in arbitrary and violent arrests and charged them on frivolous charges of inciting violence. This Charge has always been used by the government in a very Malice manner.
Many organisations and entities have come out to urge the government to account for and immediately free all missing people who are believed to be held incommunicado by government security forces.
If there is a justifiable reason to believe that someone has committed an offence, they should be informed of the reason of their arrest, be detained in gazetted detention facilities and allowed access to their lawyers and next-of-kin. Their fair trial and due process rights must also be guaranteed and all their Rights Respected.