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Opposition MPs return to parliament after one month long boycott

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The Opposition legislators have returned to parliament following one a month-long boycott.

Last month, the opposition legislators led by Nyendo-Mukungwe MP Mathias Mpuuga tasked the government to account for missing persons and the continuous detention of their supporters without trial.

Following the government’s delay to account for the 18 missing opposition supporters, the MPs embarked on the campaign to boycott plenary sittings. The missing supporters were allegedly nabbed during and after the 2021 presidential campaigns.

The  missing people include; Hassan Mubiru, Martin Lukwago, Peter Kirya, John Ddamulira, Dennis Zzimula, Michael Semuddu, Muhammada Kanatta, John Bosco Kibalama, Moses Mbabazi, Yuda Ssempijja, Musisi Mboowa, Mustafa Luwemba , Isma Ssesaazi, Godfrey Kisembo, Shafik Wangolo, Vincent Nalumoso, George Kasumba and Joseph Baguma.

Last week, the Speaker Anita Among threatened to throw the boycotting MPs out of the August house if they miss 15 parliament sessions. She asked the chairpersons of the various committees to block them from attending sittings.

Yesterday, the speaker bowed to the pressure directed by the government to present a statement on the missing persons tomorrow. The Deputy Prime Minister Rukia Nakadama confirmed that a statement will be presented today as directed.

Earlier today,  the opposition attempted to suspend the sitting for 15 minutes, awaiting the arrival of State Minister for Internal Affairs Gen David Muhoozi. Speaker however asked them to calm down and wait for the minister.

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