December 11, 2014

No Charge Yet for FDC’s Sam Mugumya

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are yet to prefer charges against Samuel Mugumya, an FDC enthusiast who was arrested recently, Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign affairs has said. 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this evening that the investigation surrounding Mugumya and four other Ugandans was still ongoing and formal charges have not yet been preferred.

The confirmation was made through a report by Uganda’s envoy to DR Congo Maj (Rtd) James William Kinobe after a visit to Ndolo Military Prison in the outskirts of Kinshasa, where the suspects are being held.

“Uganda’s Ambassador has been informed that formal charges have not yet been preferred as investigations are on-going,” a statement from foreign affairs stated.

Initial reports indicated that Mugumya had been arrested for subversive activities. He reportedly masqueraded as William Mukiga at the time of his arrest in Eastern DRC.

According to UPDF Spokesman Paddy Ankunda, Mugumya was arrested in company of four others with huge sums of dollars and documents linking them to a rebel outfit in eastern DRC.

The four are identified as Mugisha Steven 35 years, son of Tibanyeba John, Kamukama Aggrey, 30 years, son of Kagurusi Eliab, Kamugisha Joseph 28 years, son of Mugisha Justus, and Bright Nathan 20 years, son of Kwesiga John, all of Buyanja, Rukungiri district.

According to the statement by the Foreign Affairs ministry, the detainees are in good health except Kamugisha who complained of fever and dysentery.  The Prison administration however assured the ambassador that he would receive appropriate medical attention.

When asked substantiate in the status of Mugumya Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Fred Opolot said the case of the FDC stalwart is ‘tricky.’

He explained that DR Congo follows the French legal system where an offender is deemed guilty until proven innocent as opposed to Uganda’s where one is assumed innocent until a competent court pronounces otherwise.

Although the investigations are still continuing, it will be on the part of the suspects to prove their innocence.

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