Ugandans in diaspora form political group
Posted Saturday, October 12 2013 at 01:00
Renegade UPDF officer Col Samson Mande, and former suspected rebel, Frank Atukunda, are heading a new political pressure group of Ugandan exiles seeking to cause democratic and regime change in Uganda.
In March 2007, Mr Atukunda was re-arrested by army men who raided the High Court in Kampala to apprehend him and other 21 treason suspects after the judge had released them on bail.
He has been elected to head the new political pressure group called Uganda Diaspora Europe (UDE), which is pushing for governance reform in Uganda.
Col Mande, is the group’s coordinator in Sweden, where he has lived in exile since 2002.
“UDE aims at uniting all Ugandans in Europe… [and] ensuring that the sitting government in Uganda adheres to the rule of law, freedom of press, association, assembly, speech and freedom after speech; electoral and political reforms as well as fighting corruption; and, above all the respect of the Constitution,” the group spokesperson, Mr Stephen Dradenya Amazia, said.
The group, founded in August, is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and officials say its membership comprises persons from diverse political, tribal, religious and educational backgrounds.
Mr Atukunda described his new role as “not an easy task”, acknowledging the handicaps of trying to achieve reforms at home while living abroad.
Mr Atukunda was also a member of the FDC party before he fled to exile. He was, together with former FDC party president Kizza Besigye and a dozen other suspects, accused of belonging to the People’s Redemption Army, a shadowy rebel group, and plotting to overthrow the Uganda government.
Mr Amazia said UDE is not a political party, but will rally like-minded persons around the world to support constitutional rule in Uganda.
Ritah Nansubuga, Vice chairperson
Steve Mwase, General Secretary
Dradenya Amazia, Publicity Secretary
Ibra Ndawula, secretary for Pearl of Africa
Kibirige Kalungi, Treasurer
Jude Kasangaki, executive member
George Ngobi, executive member
Christine Wamala, executive member
Samuel Ssekajjugo Musoke, Auxiliary executive member
Samuel Makokha, Envoy for Scandinavian region