By Ambrose Kweronda
The Outspoken Priest of Kitanga Parish in Kabale catholic Diocese Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda has applauded Parliament for standing against Human rights violations
Fr. Batanyenda was reacting on the recent parliamentary debates on the arrest of Kawempe North Mp Muhammad Segirinya and Allan Sewanyana of Makindye West who were recently roughed up by security operatives shortly after they were released on court bail, on charges of murder in regard to Masaka Killings.
Segirinya and Sewanyana are currently detained at Kigo Prison on remand, grappling with fresh murder charges related to a wave of killings that left about 30 people dead two months ago in Greater Masaka.
However, Parliament led by Speaker Jacob Oulanya has since condemned the manner in which the legislators were arrested. The matter was raised by the Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Sekikubo whose submission forced the state minister of internal affairs David Muhoozi to apologize on behalf of the Government.
While quoting the Biblical scripture in Proverbs 31:8 that says “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, and defend the rights of the poor and needy,” Fr. Batanyenda said he was impressed that Parliament was finally united in the demand for respect of Human rights for all Ugandans regardless of their political affiliations.
The Priest thanked Speaker Jacob Oulanya for boldly condemning the acts of brutality by security agencies and demanding for change in approach while arresting Ugandans suspected to have committed crimes.
However, Fr. Gaetano said he wasn’t going to rush into praising the NRM MPs who recently disagreed with President Yoweri Museveni about denial for bail application to suspected capital offenders.
President Museveni on Monday, convened a caucus meeting to rally the NRM MPs and NRM leaning independents against the right of capital offenders to apply for court bail, and according to the Government Chief Whip, Thomas Tayebwa, the meeting resolved that consultation for two weeks should be made about the matter.
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