The Leader of Opposition in Parliament [LoP] Winnie Kiiza and FDC party president Mugisha Muntu on Thursday visited Kigo prison where Nakawa Division MP Michael Kabaziguruka is remanded.
They were joined by Robert Centinary MP, William Nzoghu MP and some of Micheal’s friends.
“The revelations at Kigo were so pathetic, as the prison now accommodates far above its original capacity,” Kiiza said.
She said the accused persons and convicts remain Ugandans whose fundamental human rights must be observed.
“The congestion not only at Kigo but also at other prisons around the country must be checked.”
“Decongesting our prisons through sentencing reforms and rehabilitation programs must be taken up.”
And as a matter of fact, Kiiza continued, there should be a design of a series of early intervention measures that allow the police to use instant measures or sanctions to deal with anti-social behaviour without criminalising young people unnecessarily.
President Yoweri Museveni has since rejected a request by opposition members to release Kabaziguruka.
The request was made Saturday during a meeting with opposition leaders under Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) at State House, Entebbe.
President Museveni told the opposition members led by Democratic Party secretary general, Mathias Nsubuga, that the government has evidence of Micheal Kabaziguruka’s involvement in illegal activities.
Kabaziguruka, 19 Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] soldiers, one policeman and three civilians were at the close of last month remanded to Makindye military prison and Kigo prisons till July 12, 2016.
They were first arrested at the start of June for plotting to overthrow the government.
They produced in Makindye General Court Martial Court under its new Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti and charged with offences relating to security and treachery.
“Government has evidence of his involvement in illegal activities,” Museveni told IPOD, adding that Kabaziguruka had chosen a path of criminality, which the state would not tolerate.