FDC Optimistic New Govt in DRC Will Set Sam Mugumya Free

FDC's Secretary for Mobilization, Ingrid Turinawe (C) speaking at a news conference on Thursday.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) say they optimistic that the new government in the DRC under President Felix Tshisekedi will finally grant freedom to Sam Mugumya who was arrested four years ago.

Mugumya, an opposition activist and aide to former FDC President, Dr Kizza Besigye, was arrested in DRC in October 2014. He has since been detained in DRC

He was arrested together with Aggrey Kamukama, Steven Mugisha, Nathan Bright and Joseph Kamugisha.

The Ugandan army claims Mugumya was engaged in subversive activity and was arrested with dollars and sensitive documents.

Government has previously said that due to lack of an extradition treaty between Uganda and Congo, the DRC government declined to send him back and that he would stand trial.

However, while addressing a news conference on Thursday, FDC’s Secretary for Mobilization, Ingrid Turinawe said that the recent change in the DRC political leadership is a ray of hope that Mugumwa will soon be freed.

She claims Mugumya was arrested on the orders of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.

“We have been following the case. It has taken long but there is hope. We are now lucky there is a new President and new leadership in Congo. They are so cooperative, they are listening to our prayers,” Turinawe told the press.

“Recently, the President of Congo announced the release of all political prisoners and we are following up, we are very sure and confident any time, we are getting our colleagues released,” added Turinawe.

Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as President of Congo on January 24 this year and he unveiled an “emergency programme for the first 100 days” which includes freeing of political prisoners.

“I will order the Justice Minister to take all necessary measures within the law towards a conditional release of all individuals detained for opinion offences – notably during the protests held before the elections,” Tshisekedi said in a recent speech.

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