Fdc presidential candidates halt their campaigns, party gives an ultimatum to police to release it’s members


By Ronald Kabuye
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC has given police and state up to Tuesday this week to produce it’s detained members in relations Rukungiri incident that left one Edison Nasasira dead to court or release them unconditionally.
Addressing a news conference at the FDC party headquarters at Najjankumbi the party deputy mouth piece Hon. Paul Mwiru said that the continued detention of the four time presidential candidate Rtd Col Dr. Kizza Besigye, the party secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe  and the aspiring party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi  at Nagalama police station and police’s actions since Thursday last week not only violate  their members rights but also is criminal and unlawful in so far as not informing them the nature of offence they committed which leaves them as political prisoners.
He said that once their demand of releasing their members is not adhered to they will be left with no option but rather to petition court for their immediate release or production whether dead or alive since they have already exceeded the stipulated 48 hours in custody.
Others that were arrested in relations to Rukungiri incident but later released include Besigye’driver Fred Kato, Ronald Muhinda, Atuheire Brian and Baker Matsiiko.
In show of solidarity to the incercalated Amuriat other party presidential candidates like Dan Malcolm Matsiiko,  Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu and Moses Byamugisha have halted their  campaigns.
Meanwhile FDC has encouraged speaker of parliament Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga to shelve the age limit removal bill as it was the case to the marriage and divorce bill since it has also meant resistance, hostility in the public and police has been dispersing  the opposition consultative meetings which she instructed.
The party has also strongly condemned police’s ban of joint rallies by anti age limit legislators,  banning of music shows for the Kyandodo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine and the murder and brutalising of citizens since they violate article 29, 40, 22, 24 respectively hence they will defy them.
On whether they have plans of sueing police for the murder of their supporters Edson Nasasira in Rukungiri last week, Mwiru said they are still in consultation with the deceased family.
He added that the police chief’s action of reshuffling the Rukungiri district police Commander Richard Emuna is not what they are yearning for but instead a professional and non partisan police that respects the rights and freedom of its citizens


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