KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Management of Victoria University has spoken out on the detention of its Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Lawrence Muganga who was arrested on Thursday morning by security personnel from the university campus in Kampala.
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) yesterday evening confirmed the arrest of Dr. Muganga on allegations of espionage activities and rubbished claims that he had been kidnapped and assaulted by gun-wielding men from his office.
“Dr. was arrested by joint Security Forces in connection with espionage and illegal stay in the country. Investigations into the matter have commenced,” said UPDF Spokesperson, Brig Byekwaso in a tweet on Thursday.
Speaking to the Daily Express on Friday morning, the Management of Victoria University has said they are willing to cooperate with security authorities in case they want to make any inquiries about Dr Muganga on any investigations that will be needed.
Whereas in one of the charges, the army says Dr Muganga was arrested over illegal stay in the country, it has emerged that the Vice-Chancellor owns a valid Ugandan National Identity Card. The seasoned scholar and acclaimed author also owns a valid Canadian passport.
Dr. Lawrence 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.