Former Presidential Candidate Kyalya Condemns Detention Without Trial of Government Political Opponents

Moses Namayo

Former presidential candidate in the 2016 general elections Maureen Faith Waluube Kyalya has criticised the government for detaining suspects without trial while not addressing the causes of the criminality.

Speaking to the press, Kyalya said President Yoweri Museveni had failed to address the escalating insecurity in the country.

Kyalya said that arresting former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, Mukono municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze and others will not heal the hearts of Ugandans who lost their relatives.

Kyalya, a former presidential advisor on poverty eradication in Busoga, said the government should concentrate on creating employment opportunities for the youth.

Kyalya also suggested that President Museveni should consider assigning top positions in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces by region to ensure all regions are represented.

Kyalya’s remarks come on the heels of the assassination of Arua municipality MP Hon Ibrahim Abiriga on June 08, 2018. Abiriga’s death prompted President Museveni to claim that Abiriga’s killers were enemies of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ideology that the deceased MP strongly supported.

President Museveni also pointed a finger at the opposition as likely in bed with the killers of the late Arua MP Abiriga. MP Nambooze was then arrested after she said Abiriga’s was not an innocent victim but had hurt many Ugandans by supporting the constitutional amendment that lifted age limits for candidates who wish to run for president.

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