East Africa

Traders arrested as FDC MPs boycott plenary


Two traders were on Thursday arrested in Rukungiri town for allegedly closing their shops in response to opposition Forum for Democratic Change’s “stay home” campaign.

FDC secretary for mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe, said the duo identified only as Batuma and Sonko, was picked by police from their homes.

“They have arrested two businessmen in Rukungiri for closing their shops. Police is looking for more people who are still at large,” Ingrid narrated.

Other reports indicated that the two were allegedly forcing other traders to close their shops.

In Rukungiri, Dr Kizza Besigye’s hometown, many shops remain closed as part of “‪Free My Vote” campaign which was launched by FDC a few days ago to boycott pro-Museveni entities and individuals.


Ingrid says Rukungiri votes were not counted by the electoral commission alleging that only three polling stations out of 273 polling stations in the district, were considered.

“I spent time and money to drive to Rukungiri with my family of seven votes. We voted at Rukungiri Taxi Park. My vote did not reach Namboole. Count my vote!” she maintained.

MPs boycott plenary

The campaign dubbed “self-house arrest” registered a backlash, scolding and pessimism in the start.

However, fortunes changed for opposition members when reports made rounds that FDC members of Parliament had boycotted the Thursday plenary chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

Most opposition MPs did not attend the parliament sitting at 2pm as their seats were photographed as unoccupied.


Only Kampala Woman MP Hon Nabilah Naggayi is reported to have attended the session.

Other opposition MPs like Beatrice Anywar who attended, tasked government to explain why Besigye was under house arrest.

However, business went on as usual in the other parts of Kampala including the most populated Kisekka and Nakasero markets.


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