By Wekoyera Moses Wangoolo
Najanankumbi: The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has castigated Government for the recent ‘unprofessional’ arrest and detention of Victoria University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lawrence Muganga. The party’s deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo during their weekly party press briefing noted that the matter has pre-empted the need to interrogate the pertinent issue of National Identity Cards’ issuance in Uganda.
”How the UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso could reveal that Dr. Muganga was holding a Ugandan National Identity Card illegally yet it’s the same government that issued it to him is extremely ‘revealing'” he said.
Last Thursday, security operatives raided Jinja road based Victoria University and arrested its Vice-Chancellor Dr Lawrence Muganga over alleged espionage and ‘illegal overstay’ in Uganda yet he has a valid National ID from the same Government.
On the other hand FDC extended condolences to the Orthodox Church on the passing on of Metropolitan Archbishop Jonah Lwanga, noting that he was an explicit defender of Human Rights in the country.
Kikonyogo noted that it was unfortunate that the country has lost many religious leaders including Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and the late Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka who have been strong pillars of Human Rights.
”Something we wonder about is that most religious leaders and other top government officials are mysteriously losing their lives over the so-called blood clots and cancer, we think this is something that requires critical investigations,” noted Kikonyogo.
On the matter of the panga wielding insurgents in Masaka that have seen police summoning National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs, Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya, FDC said it could be an attempt to divert attention. He advised government to intensify intelligence led investigations than playing unnecessary politics.
Government has the capacity to arrest these criminals and bring the situation to normalcy, unless there are people with specific interests within government on the same,” he said
He added that linking NUP MPs to Masaka saga is beyond imagination. He simply called it ‘petty politics’.