Five members of the opposition forum for democratic change(FDC) in Uganda are being held by Police. They were intercepted as they marched to petition parliament over Uganda’s intention to construct roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), South Sudan, and Ethiopia.
The five including Stella Nyanzi, Harold Kaija, Habib Buwembo, Paul Kasimbira, and Bob Barigye are held at Central police station.
“The five are being held at Central police station, Kampala but we are yet to get their statements” confirmed Kampala metropolitan police deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire.
During Uganda’s independence day celebrations on 9 October, President Yoweri Museveni said Uganda will forward 200b/- to help infrastructural development to DRC to “boost trade and enable Uganda to get resources”.
“But why should we build roads in other countries yet we are still struggling for basic service delivery including roads and many of our colleagues still dying in labor wards” questioned Stella Nyanzi.
Uganda benefits more than $500 million a year from its trade-in electricity and agriculture with DRC.
This project of Uganda’s building of roads in other countries is also expected in South Sudan and Ethiopia which are major trade partners.