FDC Break Silence on Mugumya Arrest
FDC have demanded security services to release their member, Sam Mugumya, who was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week, Chimp Corps report.
The party’s Secretary General, Alice Alaso said Mugumya “must be produced in courts of law in less than 12 hours lest our lawyers will take firm action against the UPDF.”
Mugumya and his accomplices reportedly confessed to DRC forces that they were searching for the remnants of People’s Redemption Army (PRA) who are thought to be operating from Eastern Congo.
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda expressed optimism that Mugumya would soon be brought to Uganda.
“He is still in DRC. We have a liaison office there. I hope he will be brought to Kampala next week for further management,” said Ankunda.
While Mugumya has been in and out of prison on charges related to holding ‘illegal’ opposition assemblies, this is the first time he is being accused of engaging in subversive activities.
Ankunda said remnants of PRA are being supported by elements in Sweden, Denmark and other European countries.
Alaso told press in Kampala on Monday that “Mugumya is our active member. Recently when we saw in the media that he was picked from a place where it is alleged he was involved in activities which we don’t know and understand as a party.”
She further said 48 hours have elapsed since the army said Mugumya was in their detention facility.
“This violates his right to be produced in a competent court, access to lawyers, relatives, friends and party members checking on him. We must know what is going on. Where is he? Is he alive?”
Sources told Chimpreports on Monday that security are widening the investigation into Mugumya’s case on suspicion that eminent FDC leaders could be involved in acts aimed at destabilising the state,
The rebel PRA group’s infrastructure was degraded by UPDF military operations in the early 2000s.
Majority of the PRA fighters were either killed in DRC or arrested and charged with treason in Uganda courts.
However, others managed to escape and are thought to be operating from Eastern Congo.
Ankunda said he would divulge more details about the alleged rebel outfit at a later date to avoid jeopardising investigations.
This website broke the news about Mugumya’s arrest last Friday.