But Byekwaso dismissed reports that the VC was brutally arrested. “I wasn’t at the scene, but he was not tortured or assaulted because he didn’t resist the arrest,” Byekwaso said in a telephone interview. She added that Muganga was arrested by joint Security forces in connection with espionage and illegal stay in the country.
“I can only say he is safe in hands of security agencies. He has been staying here without a Ugandan passport or even a working permit. So security suspects that he has been involving in acts of spying for another country or other illegal activities, but Investigations will reveal all that. Byekwaso added”
Victoria University Director Ravij Ruparelia confirmed the incident but said he could not comment and said the University management would release the official statement regarding the arrest of the Vice-Chancellor.
Muganga has been part of the group spearheading efforts to rename the community of Rwandan Origin living in Uganda, “Abavandimwe” on grounds that they are being segregated in the name of calling them “Abanyarwanda”.
The group argues that they are systematically locked out of the economy and public service, by a system that does not allow them to get Ugandan passports, secure SIM cards, open up bank accounts, and acquire loans.
Relations between Rwanda and Uganda remain strained due to counter accusations of sabotage and espionage. Rwanda blames Uganda for arresting its nationals and holding them incommunicado.