World - Africa Updated: January 02, 2023

Ex-Ugandan Parliamentary Member Arrested By UPDF Soldiers

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
January 02, 2023
Former MP Hasan Fungaroo meets with members of a family that lost a member in Obongi County on January 2, 2023.

Former Obongi County Member of Parliament (MP) Hassan Kaps Fungaroo on Monday said he was arrested by the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers in Obongi District during his visit to pay tribute to the family of a Local Council I Chairman in the area.

Speaking to the Monitor news media on phone before his eventual arrest, Fungaroo said he had “gone to offer condolences to the family which lost someone a few weeks ago.” 

"I came to Aliba to Village to say condolence to the LCI Yassin Amen who lost his father. We were together with the family members and UPDF soldiers arrived at 6 pm and immediately surrounded me together with Amen," he told a Monitor reporter on Monday evening. 

He added: "I don't know whether there is a need to ask for permission to go and attend funerals in villages.

"By the time of the death of LC 1 Chairman's father, I was not around and I'm told the RDC gave the order that I must be arrested."


Fungaroo stated he had no idea if he had violated any Ugandan laws at the time of his alleged detention.

"They have called the police to take me to the police station together with the family members.

"I really don't know which law of Uganda I have broken to subject me to such harassment and it is Buga Matata the Obongi Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Matata Buga who gave the order," Fungaroo said.

When contacted over the matter, Obongi RDC Buga said: “He had nothing to do with the media.” 

"Fungaroo went to Aliba bito Village to do what?


"I have no idea at the moment about what you asking. What do you expect me to do?” he asked in a phone conversation.

He further told Monitor: “I am on my official leave. If you want information, call the District Security Officer (DISO) of the area."

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Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi

Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi is a Master's degree holder in International Affairs and Diplomacy, A Ba...

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