June 19, 2018 – Former presidential candidate Maureen Kyalya has appealed to President Museveni to save the life of detained and bed-ridden Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke.
In a post on the Spear’s Facebook page, titled “YOUR EXCELLENCY #YKMUSEVENI PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW # HON NAMBOOZE DIE AT YOUR HANDS,” Kyalya says there is no value and it is not necessary for Nambooze to die in state custody.
“The pain and loss of our fallen comrade Abiriga is still unbearable. The fear of abduction and death for all politicians and businessmen is breathtaking. The last thing we can affors to do is take the very high risk of having a vocal and loved opposition member of parliament die at the hands of our government,” Kyalya writes before making an even more personal appeal to Museveni.
“MY DEAREST FATHER #YKMUSEVENI. ON MY KNEES I PRAY AND AS YOUR DAUGHTER WITH ALL HUMBLENESS, PLEASE DO NOT LET #NAMBOOZE LOSE HER LIFE AT YOUR HANDS BECAUSE THE REPERCUSSIONS COULD BE UNBEARABLE FOR THE ENTIRE NATION,” her post reads on part.
She goes on to suggest that Nambooze should be confined to her home in the same manner that opposition supremo Kiza Besiigye was held in his home sometime last year, while allowing her access to medical treatment.
Nambooze was first arrested last Wednesday and taken for questioning at Jinja Road Police Station in Kampala. She was later transferred to Naggalama police station where she was released on police bond that was due to expire today. She was however picked again on Friday morning and taken to Kireka police station from where the bond was cancelled.
She was detained overnight at Naggalama police station from where her health deteriorated.
She was admitted to Kiruddu government hospital on Saturday. Hon. Nambooze says her pains intensified after the the ambulance that was transporting her gto Kiruddu hospital was rammed from behind by a police patrol car.
She was due to travel back to India for medical review last Friday but these plans were cut short by her arrest.