The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has released a statement insisting that Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) activist Sam Mugumya is in custody in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The statement was issued by UPDF second division spokesperson Major Ronald Kakurungu.
The statement follows a demand by FDC leadership to the government of Uganda to explain the whereabouts of Sam Mugumya.
FDC President Rtd General Mugisha Muntu alongside other party members claim Mugumya has been missing for more than two weeks.
UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda had in response said that Mugumya was detained by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).
Mugumya is one of the most vocal FDC activists.
PRESS STATEMENT: FARDC CONFIRMS SAM MUGUMYA’s ARREST
The Commander of the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo) North Kivu Region, Brig Gen Muhindo Akili Mundos has confirmed that forces under his Command arrested Former FDC Leader, Dr Kiiza Besigye’s Political Assistant Mr Sam Mugumya on 21st October 2014.
This was during a Joint News conference with his Ugandan Counterpart, UPDF 2nd Division Commander Brig Peter Elwelu following a Security meeting in Kasindi Town of DRC on Tuesday 12th November 2014.
Brig Mundos said Mugumya was arrested alongside 02 other Ugandans and 02 Congolese after the entered the country through an illegal entry point near Ishasha boarder.
He added that Mugumya was using false names “Katembo Mukiga William” but on interrogation he was proved be Sam Mugumya. He said they suspect he could be involved in dangerous activities likely to hurt the current cordial relationship between Uganda and DRC and as a result he was transferred from his headquarters in Beni, to the capital Kinshasa for further investigations.
The security meeting was a follow up on two earlier ones held in Beni DRC in May and in Kasese in August between the Division Commander Brig Elwelu and then North Kivu Regional Commander Maj Gen Ambamba Bahuma who unfortunately passed on in September shortly after his Ugandan visit.
These meetings are aimed at exchanging information, consolidating relations and reviewing progress on the Anti ADF Operations in Eastern DRC.
The North Kivu Commander is also the Commander of Operation Sikola 1, a special FARDC Operation aimed at routing the ADF rebels from Eastern DRC. The operation was launched in January this year.
The next meeting will be held in Uganda at a date yet to be fixed.
Maj Ronald Kakurungu
SPOKESMAN – UPDF 2nd DIVISION