Uganda Opposition Stage Walk-Out Over Detained MPs

Opposition MPs in Uganda have walked out of parliament after the prime minister and attorney general failed to give a satisfactory answer over the whereabouts of two legislators.

The lawmakers, Mohammed Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana, both members of Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform party, were recently released on bail after being charged with murder relating to attacks in the country's central region.

But they were detained immediately after leaving prison.

On Monday evening, Mr Ssegirinya was pulled out of his lawyer’s car outside Kigo prison by armed security personnel dressed in black and driven off in an unmarked Toyota Hiace van.

Police say he now faces fresh charges of treason and incitement to violence.

Mr Ssewanyana was detained under similar circumstances five days ago.

Both were first arrested in early September.

The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah asked the government to explain the circumstances under which the two opposition MPs were re-arrested.