FDC youth held on terrorism charges  


Mayanja Micheal

FDC members told us on Wednesday that their members had been “kidnapped” by security agents in Mbarara town.

The FDC youth leaders in question were picked from Mbarara tow and rushed to Special Investigations Unit in Kireka, a Kampala suburb.

The youth include; Mayanja Micheal, a commuter driver who was part of Dr. Besigye’s security team during FDC flag bearer campaigns and also on nomination day, Yasin Mastiko from Ruti, a Mbarara suburb and a one Abdu Mpagi, a boda boda operator.

Mayanja, is a resident of Lugazi cell, Kakoba Division and the LC3 councillor Lugazi and Kihindi.

Matsiko, is a resident of Ruti, who is also the FDC vice chairperson Nyamitanga division while Mpagi, a resident of Kakyenkye cell Kakika Division, is the FDC vice chairperson for defence Mbarara Municipality.

The youth went missing on Sunday.

According to Rwizi Region Police commander, Hillary Kulayigye, the trio is being held on terrorism charges.

“I have verified they are detained; they are in our cells but in Kampala. A month back, there was an attempt to block bridges; the one in Katete and the one on Mbarara-Kabale road (Ngaro Mwenda Bridge), they tried it but, fortunately, we were faster to stop it,” Kulaige is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.

He said they were arrested by a team from special Investigations Unit.

According to Kulayigye, it is a large group of people that is suspected to have been planning to destroy bridges and burn some fuel depots in town.

The dissatisfied party members accused the regime of embarking “on a systematic targeting of our agents through methods of intimidation and outright brutality”.

They alleged that their members had even been tortured in what they called “a military chamber”.

The active FDC network had already started rallying human rights agencies and civil rights advocacy groups to pursue the release of their members.


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