Uganda’s largest opposition party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has accused the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni who belongs to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) of trading one of its activists for the DR Congo based M23 rebels.
On Friday, one of the party leaders accused Ugandan government of colluding with neighbouring DRC of trading prisoners for “selfish political reasons”.
“We have information that a prisoner trade-off was made between President Joseph Kabila of DRC and Museveni when he (Museveni) visited Congo recently,” said FDC deputy secretary general (In-charge of administration) Harold Kaija.
According to Kaija Sam Mugumya, a former aide to Opposition leader, Dr Kizza Besigye, and four other FDC members have been listed among 215 suspected ADF members set for trial in Beni, North Kivu in DRC.
Mugumya was arrested along with four other FDC members in October 2014 when they crossed to DRC and has been detained there since.
They are accused of illegal entry into the country.
Kaija says President Museveni made demands relating to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) while President Kabila made demands relating to M23 rebels in Uganda.
“They are putting them under a group they have never subscribed to. That is intended to blackmail our colleagues and even convict them for offences they don’t know,” Kaija said while addressing the media at the FDC headquarters in Kampala.
However, when contacted, government refuted the FDC accuses saying they cannot trade their citizens for anything.