Byanyima Calls for National Prayers Today

Winnie Byanyima and former Ethics and Integrity Minister Miria Matembe yesterday

Wife of FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye, Mrs Winnie Karagwa Byanyima has called for nationwide public prayers on Monday afternoon. The prayers are supposedly for husband’s release from his home detention as the well as the future of the country.

Byanyima arrived in the country from the UK, where she is working as the Executive Director Oxfam International. She was however welcomed by water tight security at her Kasangati residence, where “menacing faced” police officers demanded to screen her before being allowed in.

Yesterday when she set out for Sunday prayers at Christ the King in Kampala, she was also subjected to a thorough check against her will by the police officers.

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In the evening, Byanyima issued a public appeal to all Ugandans to gather this afternoon to pray for the future of the country and for her husband’s release from detention.

“Let’s all go on our knees and pray for our country. Many are under siege not only Kizza Besigye,” she said.

She urged FDC supporters in Kampala to attend services at Church of the Resurrection Bugolobi, Kamwokya Church of God, Nakasero Mosque or Kibuli Mosque.

“All faiths and denominations are welcome at all locations. This is a time for all Ugandans to dedicate themselves to one another and to the collective betterment of our country.”

Those outside Kampala were asked to join with friends and neighbors in fellowship “at any convenient place, public or private, at the noon hour.”

The call comes on the heels of a recent court ban of all FDC activities related to its “defiance campaign,” for which her husband Dr Kizza Besigye, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and several other opposition leaders are being detained at their homes.


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