The People Power ‘No Nedda’ campaign activists have for a full fortnight been denied visitors since their committal to Kitalya prison on June, 19.
The eight detained activists are; Musiri David, Kato Paul, Kaddu Saddat, Kyazze Muhammed, Musisi Eddi, Male Kenneth, Peter Waiswa and Kibirige Emmanuel.
The first attempt to visit them was initiated by the intending Kampala woman MP aspirant, Dr. Stella Nyanzi on June, 25 when she tried to reach out to the inmates but in vain. In company of the People Power lawyer, Gerald Owiny, and two other activists, the visit didn’t yield after prisons authorities adamantly asked them to vacate their premises with immediate effect. Stella wrote that their visit was rejected under the guise of health regulations as prisons wardens insisted that they could not permit their visit at such a time of the pandemic. “The constitution of Uganda guarantees the rights of an inmate to access his lawyer, next of kin and medical doctor. Why is the prison violating constitutional rights of prisoners?,” Stella asked in a statement published on her Facebook wall.
The second attempted visit by the People Power delegation was led by Bobi’s right hand man, Edward Ssebuufu alias ‘Eddie Mutwe’ who were armed with chunks of life basics to assist the jailed inmates. Just like Stella’s scenario, Eddie Mutwe and team were also asked not to get any close to the prisons authorities or risk being shot by the stern faced wardens. They were prompted to call off their visit and heed to the illegal orders.
This site has however been tipped by an insider that the jailed 8 ‘No Nedda’ activists are just being punished to serve as an example to other people who would wish to hoot, bang pans and whistle as urged in the opposition calls for defiance. “We are keeping them forcefully to serve as an example to the rest,” says the source. “They will be released at a far later date but not any time soon,” he adds under anonymity for fear of reprisals from his seniors.