MPs protest Kabaziguruka’s unlawful detention
Parliament has condemned the detention under House Arrest of Hon. Michael Andrew Kabaziguruka (Nakawa Division), by the Uganda Police.
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Winnie Kiiza who raised the matter cited rampant unlawful arrests of people around the country by security personnel.
“In breach of the law, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) ordered for the arrest of Hon. Kabaziguruka without serving the Speaker with the summons,” Kiiza said.
Kiiza said that the IGP had the audacity to speak on national radio that he was arresting Hon. Kabaziguruka as an ordinary person but not a MP.
“We must stand by our fellow Members as Parliament and speak out to protect them because tomorrow it could be one of us seated here who needs to be spoken for,” Kiiza added.
Furthermore, Hon. Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala Central) said that the security forces have developed a tendency of breaching the law in these arrests. “Hon. Kabaziguruka has been held for more than 48 hours without being charged and presented for trial,” he said.
Hon. Elijah Okupa ‘tasked’ the Speaker to take charge of the situation by ordering the IGP to release Hon. Kabaziguruka from unlawful custody immediately.
“Not so long ago, you ordered the release of Hon. Stephen Mayende Dede who had been held in Police custody for 10 days without trial. We ask that you do the same for Hon. Kabaziguruka,” Okupa said.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga ruled that she will handle the matter with the Vice President to see that Hon. Kabaziguruka is either tried in court or released.