By Benjamin Mwibo
Entrepreneur and human rights activist Frank Gashumba has condemned the arrest of Dr. Lawrence Muganga, the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, describing it as unlawful.
According to Gashumba, the manner in which Muganga was arrested was unlawful adding that if he had any case to answer, he should have been taken to courts of law.
“Muganga is a Ugandan by nationality with proof of birth, he was born in Masaka district, grew up in Mukono district, attained his university studies from Makerere University, worked in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe from which he later joined a journey to his further education in Canada and served as a lecture later there. ” Gashumba said.
Gashumba made the remarks on Friday during a press conference at the Serena Kampala Hotel, where he said he is not Rwandese and also denied working for Paul Kagame, the Rwandese President.
Following Muganga’ arrest on Thursday, UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso issued a statement confirming Muganga’s arrest by a joint security force team from the Victoria University offices in Kampala over charges of espionage and illegal stay in Uganda.
Byekweso dismissed allegations that Muganga had been kidnapped, as was claimed upon his arrest.
On Thursday morning around 10 am a group of unknown gunmen arrested Dr. Muganga after raiding the University premises.
He was wrapped up in front of his students and a few staff members around and bundled into waiting van commonly known as a drone and drove off to an unknown destination.
“As the family, friends and counsel of Dr Lawrence Muganga we are here today to express our sorrows about what happened to our beloved father, uncle, and brother,” Isaac Ssemakadde, the family legal officer said.
During Muganga’s arrest, gunmen manhandled Dr. Muganga’s female counter-terrorism bodyguard known as Ms. Babra Naguddi , who was assigned to guard Muganga.
It is said, before Muganga’s arrest, the unidentified security men first presented themselves as students, for access to the University premises, before arresting Muganga.
“I would like to make it clear that under Uganda law no organ of UPDF is mandated to conduct such an arrest and even if they do they are supposed to be subordinate to police as the government agency to do investigations,” Ssemakadde said.