MPs Demand Government Explanation Over Sam Mugumya

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Francis Mwijukye, Buhweju MP, notes that attempts by FDC members and lawyers to access Mugumya have been futile. He is demanding for an explanation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter.

Opposition Members of Parliament have asked government to push for the release of Ugandans detained in Democratic Republic of Congo. Those in detention include Sam Mugumya, a supporter of Forum For Democratic Change party FDC.

Mugumya and other Ugandans who include Aggrey Kamukama, Steven Mugisha, Nathan Bright and Joseph Kamugisha have been detained in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2014. They are allegedly under detention at Ndolo Military Prison.

Government claims Mugumya was engaged in rebel activities in Eastern DRC. He was allegedly arrested in possession US dollars and sensitive documents.
Buhweju MP, Francis Mwijukye told parliament that attempts by FDC leadership and lawyers to access Mugumya have been futile.
//Cue In: Sam Mugumya...

Cue Out:...don't see that happening//
Aruu North MP, Odonga Otto wondered why government has delayed to engage with the Congo government to repatriate Mugumya and others to answer charges in Uganda.
//Cue In: Which countries...

Cue Out:...grown up eating//
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present a statement on Mugumya's fate on Wednesday.
It is suspected that over 300 Ugandans are languishing in different prisons in DRC. Majority are being held on ground of involvement in rebel activities.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.