Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has updated the nation that the process of securing travel documents for Sam Mugumya’s safe return to Uganda is ongoing and that when concluded, the party will accord him an official welcome.
Mugumya was last week released from Ndolo military detention in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after eight years in custody. He was arrested in DRC by the DRC authorities in October 2014 for allegedly working with the M23 rebel group in an attempt to overthrow Museveni’s regime.
FDC denies this. “We still stand that this was political persecution of Sam Mugumya because previously he had been charged with treasonous charges alongside Hon. Mwijukye
Francis and Ingrid Turinawe,” FDC said Monday in a statement.
The opposition political party said the release of Mugumya was ‘good news,’ and described the youthful political activists as ‘our loyal party cadre’. “As a party, we thank everyone who has put an effort in securing his release,” a grateful FDC said.
“We continuously condemn the abuse of human rights based on their political affiliation as opposed to the ruling party and the recent kidnaps of political actors. We commiserate with Hajji Nadduli for the loss of his son Jakana, it added.
Jakana, who recently had a run-in with authorities early this year and was arrested incommunicado passed on this morning. Before his arrest, Jakana was involved in a motor accident that left him with internal injuries.
It is believed that these injuries are the cause of his death. He has been a critical NRM member who has been challenging the working methods of the regime.
Bobi Wine, the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), in a social media post said that Jakana intimated to him that the motor accident was staged.
“In March this year, he was involved in an accident that almost took his life. According to him, the people who knocked him were deliberately targeting his life,” Bobi Wine wrote on social media.
Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye, the founder member of FDC in an interview with NTV Uganda said you cannot dissociate Jakana’s death from the way the state treated him recently.
“Jakana Nadduli’s death cannot be separated from his immediate past treatment. It has to be related to the torture he went through. -Political activist Kizza Besigye,” Besigye during the Monday morning televised interview.