THE UGANDA government has denied allegations by Ugandan born Australian cardiologist Aggrey Kiyingi that it is persecuting him after he accused it of seizing his property unlawfully.
Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said the matter was the result of a property wrangle involving Dr Kiyingi’s family.
“All I know is that there is some disagreement on sharing of property within his family members and also with the family of of his late wife,” Mr Opondo said.
He rejected Dr Kiyingi’s allegation the Ugandan government operated like the mafia.
“That is not the first time for people to refer to Uganda government as being managed by mafia, but of course it is not true. Our government is not a mafia government,” he said.
The ruling party NRM senior cadre Charles Nshaka warned Dr Kiyingi against making unsubstantiated allegations against the government.
“Kiyingi should stop making malicious allegations against the government of Uganda. It is not the government of Uganda which made him get problems with his family,” Mr Nshaka said.
He said he believed Dr Kiyingi had taken out loans to pay the lawyers who helped him win an acquittal after he was charged with murdering his wife.
Seven properties belonging to Dr Kiyingi were sold off by bailiffs following an order from the nation’s high court to pay off his debts.
“He should carry his cross instead of making Uganda government responsible for his woes,” Mr Nshaka said.
Dr Kiyingi told Australian media recently that his property had been sold off in Uganda. He also referred to the Uganda government as being led by the mafia.
Dr Kiyingi was accused of orchestrating the 2005 murder of his wife Robinah Kiyingi – a high-profile lawyer revered for the human rights and corruption cases she pursued.
Prosecutors had alleged Dr Kiyingi ordered his wife’s murder by phone from Sydney, where he runs a medical practice.