LOP Ocan turned away from Luzira

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan has been denied access to Luzira prison where she had gone to visit the remanded Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

Bobi Wine was on Monday remanded to Luzira Prison by Buganda Road Grade One magistrate Esther Nahirya on charges of disobedience of statutory duty when he took part in a protest against the social media tax.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday at Parliament, Aol said that although her and some MPs wanted to spend the Labour Day with the MP at Luzira prisons, they were refused clearance simply because the commissioner of Prisons was in Agago district celebrating the Labour Day.

The Uganda Prisons Spokesperson Frank Baine, accused the LOP of trying to access Kyagulanyi without following the right procedures.

On Tuesday, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, MPs Betty Nambooze Bakireke (Mukono Municipality), Moses Kasibante (Lubaga North), Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality), Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri Municipality) were turned away from the same prison because they lacked  “special clearance” to see Kyagulanyi.

Baine however said that, people intending to visit inmates on non-visitation days are supposed to first seek permission.