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FDC petitions Congo over Mugumya


Sam Mugumya

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party is today expected to petition Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the continued detention of Sam Mugumya, the aid to opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye.

Mugumya and the four other FDC members were arrested in DRC in October 2014 over allegations of illegal entry.

According to the FDC deputy secretary general (In-charge of administration) Harold Kaija, Mugumya and his colleagues are being mistreated in detention.

“We are going to petition the DRC embassy in Kampala to have them extradited and prosecuted in Uganda,” he said.

This comes just days after the opposition accused president Museveni of trading Mugumya and his colleagues with the M23 rebels.

According to Kaija 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.

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