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By Ahmed Matovu

KAMPALA: The four times presidential candidate and the leader of the people’s Front for Transition, Rtd Col Dr. Kizza Besigye has finally spoken out following the release of his aide Sam Mugumya.

According to Besigye, arrangements are being made with the Uganda Embassy in Kinshasa to secure travel documents and return him home.

”Thanks be to the Lord that Comrade Sam Mugumya is out of Ndolo Military prison, having spent there 8 years!,” he tweeted this morning.


Besigye however says the other four are still incarcerated there but struggle continues.

Sam Mugumya out of prison

The 43-year-old Sam Mugumya was arrested by Congolese Forces in 2014 after allegedly crossing into the nation’s territory illegally.

He was with four other friends at the time of his arrest.

Mugumya was freed on Friday by the Congolese military detention after completing his sentence.

The Buhweju County Member of Parliament Fracis Mwijukye said on Friday that they shall come up with a statement later since Mugumya is still in foreign country.

“We can’t divulge more information because he is still in a foreign country and you know what it means. We shall come up with a statement later,” he said.

Sam Mugumya leaves Ndolo Prison in DR Congo

Who is Sam Mugumya?

Sam Mugumya came to the limelight around early 2000s. Together with the current Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye, the two were known to have stood with former FDC President Dr. Kiiza Besigye during demonstrations.

Sam Mugumya started his political activism when he was a student of political science at Makerere University. He served as the Secretary General of the Youth League of the FDC.

He later became the personal assistant to former FDC president Dr. Kizza Besigye. Mugumya was one of the strong members of the Activists for Change lobby group founded around 2011.

He was a prominent figure in the “Walk to Work” campaign in which he was always seen guarding Dr. Kiiza Besigye against security and police brutality.

Mugumya described himself “as easy-going, fun-loving but hardened crusader for justice and freedom.”

Mugumya also indicated that he strongly believed in revolutions and that his greatest idols were Dr. Kiiza Besigye and former Cuban revolutionary, Che Guevara.

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