Parliamentary opposition leader Mathias Mpuuga says President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has no moral right to condemn human rights abuses by his previous government because of his own The government has committed more crimes than its predecessor.
The Nyendo-Mukongwe lawmaker spoke at a memorial service for the late Benedicto Kiwanuka at Lubaga Cathedral yesterday.
Mpuga said the late Benedicto Kiwanuka was allegedly kidnapped and subsequently murdered by the then government in 1972, however, what happened more than 50 years ago is the same as what Uganda has been experiencing since 2020 .
“As we remember the late Chief Justice, it is disingenuous for the current regime to criticize the Idi Amin government for the disappearance and murder of Ben Kiwanuka. The NRM’s different approach is to hold ordinary citizens hostage because of their political stance them!” he said.
Mpuga told the congregation that it had been 51 years since Ben Kiwanuka disappeared, while John Bosco Kibalama, John Damulira , Muhammad Kanatta (Muhammad Kanatta) and other opposition supporters were forced to disappear for 4 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 5 days. and a full list of others.
“This leaves the regime without the moral authority to condemn the same violations committed by past governments,” he said.
Meanwhile, kidnapping in Uganda has been a concern for years. Since 1964 Uganda under Milton Obote. As such, Uganda has a history of political instability, with kidnapping used as a tactic to silence opposition figures or to intimidate activists within the government.
Most of those vulnerable to kidnapping and torture in Uganda are members of the opposition, and there are currently many political prisoners rotting in jails, a move that is reminiscent of the 1970s (Uganda’s dark years).
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