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Dr. Lawrence Muganga detained over ‘espionage’, says UPDF

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has rubbished reports that Victoria University Chancellor Dr Lawrence Muganga had been ‘kidnapped’ by armed gunmen on Thursday.

Dr. Muganga was arrested on Thursday morning arrested at Victoria University Campus along Jinja Road in Kampala.

In response to the incident, UPDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen Flavia Byekwaso has clarified that Dr Muganga is currently under detention in connection with espionage activities and illegal stay in the country.

“Social media reports that Vice-Chancellor Victoria University, Dr. Muganga was kidnapped are false. He was arrested by joint security forces in connection with espionage and illegal stay in the country,” Brig Byekwaso said in a tweet.

She added that investigations into the matter have commenced.

Dr. Muganga, according to his profile, is a results-driven visionary with a stellar record of success in providing policy advice, independent and analysis, clear and easy-to-read research products.

He is also skilled at identifying and explaining complex policy and strategy issues and researching contentious issues.

Muganga has held positions in Canada, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.

The profile further says he focused on researching, planning, developing, implementing, and assessing policies that contribute towards human capital development and improving the quality of life for populations.

It says Dr. Muganga works with universities, think tanks, research and policy institutes, governments, multi-national development agencies, not-forprofit organisations, and corporations.

He is an award-winning writer and author, researcher, educator, international curriculum speaker, public policy practitioner, strategy advisor, development, and management specialist.

Muganga earned his masters degree in economic policy management from Makerere University and a PhD in educational administration and leadership from the University of Alberta, Canada. He holds a higher education teaching certification from Harvard University, Derek Bok Centre for Teaching and Learning.

He advises schools, governments, multi-national agencies, international aid organisations, education managers, and administrators.

He also supports curriculum development experts, educators, learning facilitators, trainers, and independent citizens searching for solutions to better the education systems, to deliver meaningful learning.

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