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MPs, FDC officials arrested for storming DRC Embassy

By Cecilia Okoth

Added 13th September 2016 09:10 PM

Five FDC members were arrested at the Uganda-DRC border

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Deputy FDC secretary general Harold Kaija was one of those who was arrested.

Five FDC members were arrested at the Uganda-DRC border

Police on Tuesday morning arrested two Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) officials who were on a mission to present a petition to the DR Congo ambassador over their colleague Sam Mugumya, who is currently detained in the country.

The officials who were arrested outside the embassy in Kololo are FDC's deputy secretary general Harold Kaija and Tororo Municipality chairperson Moses Owor.

Narrating the incident to New Vision, Emilian Kayima the Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson said Police was notified by the DRC embassy over individuals that had stormed the embassy, insisting on seeing the ambassador.

"They were not happy about their move and considered them as trespassers" Kayima said, adding that the right procedure would have been to go through the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Others arrested were Buhweju legislator Francis Mwijukye, the Minister for Youth Gloria Paga and lawyer Moses Byamugisha who were part of the delegation that stormed the embassy.

FDC's Sam Mugumya, Aggrey Kamukama, Steven Mugisha, Nathan Bright and Joseph Kamugisha were arrested at the Uganda-DRC border and have been in detention in Ndolo Military Prison in the DRC capital Kinshasa.

Arriving at the scene, Moses Eliau, the Jinja Road Police Divisional Commander ordered the officials to leave in vain, prompting their arrest.

The officials wanted to hand over a petition to the ambassador challenging the trial of five FDC activists in the Congo court martial.

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