Bulange, Mengo – The Kabaka of Buganda, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has called for the immediate release of all political prisoners arrested during and after the 2021 electoral process.
In his Easter message, the Kabaka said that no one should ruin anyone’s constitutional right to support a candidate of his or her choice.
“We appeal for fairness in all election-related cases and release of all the political prisoners,” reads part of Kabaka’s message.
He said that “the resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds us of blood-shed, persecution and tears that lead to the deliverance of the world,” adding that, we are “mandated to always show commitment and suffer for others with transparency in all that we do.”
The Kabaka also asked God to calm down the anger, shame and pain of leaders not to persecute those who did not support them during campaigns, elections and after. A number of families have complained about missing relatives.
The National Unit Platform-NUP party led by Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has repeatedly complained about the kidnap of their members.
According to the list of missing persons presented to parliament by Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo, 177 people were arrested for alleged possession of military stores and planned post-election violence meetings.
This number has however been contested by several MPs led by Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP who said that there are more than 423 political prisoners. It is these that the Kabaka wants to be released.
“We encourage you not to dilute the purpose of resurrection by violating human rights. We wish you a happy Easter,” he said.