Police deploy at FDC offices over planned demonstration

Police led by South Regional Police Commander James Ruhweza has been deployed at the FDC headquarters in Najjakumbi, Kampala. This followed reports of a planned demonstration by the FDC members in which they intended to march to the Congolese Embassy in Kololo, protesting the arrest and continued detention of former FDC president Kizza Besigye’s aide and activist Sam Mugumya.
Last week, Dr R Besigye said the arrest and detention of his Sam Mugumya in the DR Congo is an attempt to frame him and other Opposition actors ahead of 2016 general elections.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Kampala, Dr Besigye said: “I have information that they are interrogating him (Mugumya) with a view of linking me to rebel activities. This case of Mugumya has a history of a rogue regime that is intent on criminalising a legitimate political opposition.”

He said the news of Mr Mugumya’s arrest in DR Congo came as a shock to him and could not, therefore, tell whether he [Mugumya] crossed to Congo for any reason, until he is able to speak to him.
“He has been a subject of persistent and intense persecution from the Ugandan regime. He has been arrested, tortured and detained for several times. It is highly possible that Mr Mugumya was kidnapped from his home area in a fresh attempt by the regime to create a rebel group and criminalise us with it,” Dr Besigye said.
Mr Mugumya was arrested two weeks ago in DR Congo. Army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda confirmed his arrest, stating that he (Mugumya) was being investigated and would soon be repatriated to Uganda.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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