Detectives Quiz Banned A4C Boss For 8 Hours
A team of police detectives on Monday quizzed outlawed political pressure group Activists for Change (A4C) coordinator Mathias Mpuuga for reportedly inciting violence during a series of rallies held in different parts of the country.
Mpuuga was last Friday served police summons, ordering him to report to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka, Kampala.
This was the third time Mpuuga was being requested to appear at the security outfit. He had snubbed two previous invites.
Mpuuga was, however, informed in the Friday summons he risked arrest for defying police orders.
In company of MP Ibrahim Nganda Ssemujju, Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago among other sympathizers, Mpuuga arrived at SIU around 10:00am. He was grilled till late in the evening by detectives led by Charles Kataratambi.
Mpuuga was stunned upon being showed video and audio recordings where he was visibly appealing to A4C supporters to “use all means necessary” to remove President Yoweri Museveni from power.
Mpuuga was also showed videos of a rally in Kireka where he said Museveni can only listen to the sound of the bullet.
The Masaka Municipality MP was told that his statements amount to treason and inciting violence.
The MP was also assured that Museveni is Uganda’s legitimate president and any attempts to use violence to cause regime change tantamount to treason.
“What do you mean by saying Museveni must be forced out of office before the end of 2012?” a detective quizzed Mpuuga.
Unlike in the past when police have fallen short of providing clean evidence against politicians for inciting violence, this case could rattle feathers in the opposition.
“We have enough video footage to prosecute Mpuuga and some other opposition leaders over inciting violence and treason. We shall soon summon other opposition leaders such as Betty Nambooze,” said a detective who preferred anonymity.
Opposition leaders deny inciting violence. They claim rallies are held to encourage Ugandans protest against corruption, nepotism and suppression of civil liberties.
During the interrogation, Mpuuga said he was fighting for the respect of civil liberties for all Ugandans. He further stated that the A4C Campaign was also aimed at sensitizing Ugandans, including police officers, that they deserved better public services from government.
Detectives will soon send Mpuuga’s file to the Director of Public Prosecution for sanctioning.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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