Three Pro Nambooze Protesters Arrested Top story


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Yasin, Galiwango, another youth accused government of exposing Namboozes life to risk by delaying her to travel to India.

Police have arrested three youths for attempting to access parliament without notifying the speaker. The suspects are members of the Save Nambooze Crusaders, a newly formed pressure group fighting for the rights of Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze. 

Nambooze is hospitalized at Kiruddu Hospital with complications in her spine following her arrest for alleged incitement. Her medical report indicates that she has suffered spinal cord compression and had undergone posterior lumbar decompression and fusion, a surgical procedure that joins two or more bones together into one solid bone.

She was first injured during the fracas at Parliament on September 27 2017 triggered by controversies on the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit from the constitution. Security personnel suspected to be members of the Special Forces Command invaded parliament to evict legislators who had been suspended by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga including Nambooze.
The legislator was flown to Manipal Spine Care Centre in India where she underwent surgery. Her condition deteriorated recently while at Naggalama Police Station where she was locked up for inciting violence following the assassination of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother, Saidi Buga.

She was then rushed to Kiruddu Hospital where she is under tight police surveillance. Her arrest and subsequent detention came days before her planned travel to India for medical review. 

Her surgeon Dr. Vidyadhara .S. had recommended that Nambooze returns to India on June 15 for review.  She has since missed the appointment because of the arrest. 
This morning, members of the Save Nambooze Crusaders stormed parliament faulting legislators for remaining silent on the plight of their colleague. 

One of the crusaders, Habib Buwembo called for action to an end of the impunity and abuse of human rights by security agencies.  
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However, parliamentary police thwarted attempts by the group to enter parliament.  One of the officers, who was involved in the arrest, said the youths didn't have an appointment with the speaker.

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Yasin, Galiwango, another youth accused government of exposing Nambooze's life to risk by delaying her to travel to India.

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.