National Unity Platform (NUP) and its leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine have largely ruled out talks with President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni, saying it would only be possible under one condition.
Recently, NUP MP and former presidential candidate Abed Bwanika, urged Bobi Wine to hold talks with Museveni so that detained supporters can be released. (Read story here).
According to NUP spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, there is no need for talks with Museveni over the detained supporters, but added the party will pursue all legal and lawful means possible to have those incarcerated released.
“When you allow us to meet him and plead with him, it will mean we are guilty. Yes, we are concerned about our colleagues and we continue visiting them in prison and also go to court when they are brought. This shows solidarity,” said Ssenyonyi.
“We shall continue to use the law to see our colleagues freed like many have been released. [The government] should expedite their trial if they have any evidence against them. Why are they delaying the trial? We believe in the law of this country and we shall continue following that.”
Speaking at the burial of Godfrey Serwanga, the father of his former body guard William Ntege aka Kyuma-kya-Yesu in Jongoza, Kalisizo, Kyotera District, at the weekend, Bobi Wine said the only way NUP cannot talk to Museveni is through the provisions of the law.
“If we are to meet and hold talks with Museveni, it must be within the provisions of the law,” said the NUP president.
“However, you are not going to torture our people, remove their nails, cut them and, again, call us for talks; to talk about what?”
It was not clear under what law the talks between Museveni and Bobi Wine would take place — if they were ever to happen.