DRC Govt Denies Knowledge of Mugumya Arrest

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Last week, UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda stated that Mugumya had been arrested in the DR Congo for subversive activities. According to Ankunda, Mugumya was being investigated and would be repatriated to Uganda for trial.

The Congolese Deputy Ambassador to Uganda Jean Pierre Masala has dismissed allegations that Sam Mugumya, an aide to former Forum for Democratic Change President Col Kizza Besigye is under his country's custody.

Last week, UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda stated that Mugumya had been arrested in the DR Congo for subversive activities. According to Ankunda, Mugumya was being investigated and would be repatriated to Uganda for trial.

But Ambassador Masala told Uganda Radio Network that he is not aware that his country is holding Mugumya or any other Ugandan in relation to the matter. He says, he informally learn of the development from the army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ankunda.

"People should ask (Lt.Col) Ankunda or perhaps the Minister of Defence (Crispus) Kiyonga about that matter, they are the ones that know, we also just heard the army man on TV," Ambassador Masala said.

Members of the FDC youth wing led by Francis Mwijukye and Moses Byamugisha on Saturday announced a protest that would lead them to the Kololo based embassy today (Monday) in the pursuit of justice for their colleague. The envoy however implored the youth to cancel the protest because it would be fruitless to petition a wrong party.  
 
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Meanwhile, there was heavy deployment by police at the DR Congo Embassy and visitors were subjected to rigorous security check. Four patrol vehicles were deployed at the premises with over fifty policemen patrolling the Kololo stretch leading to the embassy.
 
Related, the FDC youth members this morning held another press conference at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi and demanded that the DR Congo government provide information regarding Mugumya whereabouts.
 
 "We demand the Congolese government to give us information about Sam Mugumya, where he is detained, his safety and protection of his rights," Mwijukye said.

He revealed that they have written to Uganda's envoy to DR Congo Maj. James Kinobe asking for consular services for their colleague.