Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Dr Lawrence Muganga
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Dr Lawrence Muganga

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Dr Lawrence Muganga was released on Friday night after being reportedly kidnapped from his office premises on Thursday morning.

On Friday night, security agencies released Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Dr Lawrence Muganga who was reported to have been kidnapped on Thursday morning from his office premises.

Muganga was seen hugging his boss, the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group of Companies, following his release in a video that has been making the rounds on social media since yesterday.

Also in his company was businessman Frank Gashumba who thanked all Ugandans for raising one voice in demand for the release of the Vice-Chancellor. He, however, questioned the manner of the arrest saying that it was to some extent linked to Uganda’s recent failed relationship with Rwanda.

“The power definitely belongs to the people, and none of this would have happened without all your efforts. We would also like to thank President Museveni for his intervention in the matter that saw the immediate release of Muganga. God bless you all, and God bless and protect our country,” Gashumba praised.

On his side, Muganga commended Gashumba for the strong role he played in ensuring his release. He also thanked individuals more so those on social media who on top of sharing footage of his unlawful arrest put pressure on those in security demanding his release.

“I am back but it was because of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am still alive, happy determined and I can alway count on you brothers and sisters. This man here (Frank Gashumba) and others out there, you are great and I am forever indebted,” Muganga said.

Muganga was arrested on Thursday. In a video that has since made rounds on different media platforms, the VC was manhandled from his office premises and whisked away to an unknown place.

Muganga was arrested on Thursday (1)
The video shows Muganga hugging his boss, the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group of Companies. FILE PHOTO

While responding to questions about the VC’s abrupt arrest, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso the Uganda People’s Defence Forces spokesperson said he was arrested for an illegal stay in the country. Byekwaso said he was holding business in the country yet he did not have a working permit.

“He was arrested by joint Security Forces in connection with espionage and illegal stay in the country. Investigations into the matter have commenced. His status in Uganda is not clear because he holds a foreign passport and has no work permit,” Byekwaso said on Thursday.