Police block opposition members from petitioning DRC embassy over Mugumya arrest

Police have this morning blocked opposition members led by Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga from delivering their petition to the DR Congo embassy over the arrest of FDC activist Sam Mugumya.
Mr Mpuuga and other opposition members who included former FDC president Kizza Besigye, Kampala lord mayor Erias Lukwago and JEEMA party president Asuman Basalirwa said they were seeking explanations on why Mugumya was arrested, his whereabouts and current status.
Mr Mpuuga further said they wanted Visas from the embassy ahead of their intended visit to DR Congo on Thursday this week.
However, police led by Kampala Metropolitan East regional police commander Siraje Bakaleke blocked them without clear reasons or explanation.

This comes barely a day after ministry of Foreign Affairs said in media that it had launched investigations into recent death threats to officials at the DR Congo embassy following the recent finger pointing
The Ministry’s spokesperson Fred Opolot told Daily Monitor last week, that the embassy had logged a complaint of the diplomats receiving “anonymous” threating calls.
“The security of the embassy and all its employees is our responsibility here, and we have intensified security at the premises.”
The UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said Mr Mugumya, a youth activist of the Forum Democratic Change (FDC), was arrested in company of four others with huge sums of dollars and documents linking them to a plot to oust the Ugandan government.

The Eastern DRC military- FARDC-in North Kivu Province commander, Brig Gen Muhindo Akili Mundos, last week admitted to having Mugumya, also aide de camp to three times presidential election runner-up, Dr Kizza Besigye, in their detention but said he would transferred in Kishansa and later extradited.
Brig Mundos however revealed that Mugumya was detained for illegal entry into DRC, which borders his home district of Rukungiri in the South West.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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