British House of Commons ‘invites’ Bobi Wine over Museveni exit

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Bobi Wine and wife Barbie at Serena hotel

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been invited to attend the House of Commons session where British Members of Parliament will be debating rule of law in Uganda.

According to the British Parliament website, the Tuesday 8 January 2019 Meeting starts at 2.30pm at Westminster Hall.

The agenda is: Apprenticeships and skills policy presented by Judith Cummins MP (Bradford South, Labour); Future of the armed forces in Angus presented by Kirstene Hair MP (Angus, Conservative) and Democracy in Uganda presented by Dr Paul Williams MP (Stockton South, Labour).

The House of Commons is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Commons is an elected body consisting of 650 members known as Members of Parliament (MPs). The House of Commons of England evolved in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The house will debate the infamous Arua fracas in which a number of legislators were arrested and allegedly tortured in the hands of the state.

The motion was tabled on December 3, 2018, and put on the schedule for debate early this year. A total of 20 UK Members of Parliament signed to support the motion.

Dr Williams is requesting UK parliament to condemn the arrest and torture of both Ugandan legislators and politician’s and asking the house to pass a motion calling UK Prime Minister Theresa May and ministers to use the influence of the UK Government together with the European Union, the United Nations, the Commonwealth and other transnational bodies to put in place initiatives that will promote democracy in Uganda.

“That this House condemns the arrest and subsequent torture of Members of the Ugandan Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi…, Paul Mwiru, Francis Zaake, Gerald Karuhanga, and Kassiano Wadri, believing that arrest and the use of torture against elected legislators has no place in a democratic country,” the motion posted on UK Parliament website reads.

The motion is accompanied by names and photos of the legislators who have supported it. Dr Williams posted the link of the motion on twitter captioned; “On 8th Jan, I shall be leading a debate in the UK Parliament on democracy in Uganda. Ask your MP in the UK to sign my EDM condemning the torture of elected Ugandan MPs like Bobi Wine.”

He further uploaded a one minute video of Bobi Wine, asking the UK to support good governance in Uganda.

A total of 34 people including the legislators named in the motion are currently facing treason charges in the Gulu Magistrates Court.

It is alleged that Bobi Wine, and his group led a team of youths that obstructed the president’s motorcade and pelted stones that smashed the windscreen of one of the vehicles in the convoy.

Days after the Arua incident, Dr Williams raised an inquiry in the house, asking whether Theresa May’s government was concerned about the arrest and torture of MPs in Uganda.

In April, he also requested the UK government to ask Museveni to retire, arguing that he has become an impediment to good governance, saying after 32 years in power, President Museveni has become a barrier to his country’s development and good governance.

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