Former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC President Dr.Kizza Besigye has apologized to the Catholic Church over comments he recently made in regards to the death of Kampala Archbishop, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
On Monday April 5, Besigye posted on his social media accounts saying that the post mortem, which revealed that Lwanga died of a heart attack caused by a blood clot, was inconclusive.
“What would have helped reduce suspicion of foul play is a postmortem report that conclusively showed a “natural” cause of sudden death. This would be easily demonstrable; like a blood clot blocking blood supply to the heart, lungs or the brain; or, a ruptured blood vessel in brain. The day-long postmortem exam that was carried out didn’t show any such cause; it’s reported to be INCONCLUSIVE!” Besigye said.
Besigye added that during Easter holiday of 2018, Archbishop Lwanga made a startling revelation of how he was being spied on by government and that the Archbishop had been a courageous and strong voice pointing out government excesses, like Human Rights abuses, land-grabbing, corruption etc.
However, Besigye has now come out and said he could have been misled by sources who gave him incorrect information.
Below is Besigye’s statement;
A CORRECTION AND FOCUS ON OUR DUTY, AS WE MOURN ARCHBISHOP KIZITO LWANGA:
Yesterday, I posted on this page my opinion regarding the sudden passing of Archbishop Kizito Lwanga.
In that post, I referred to an article of the Daily Monitor newspaper of 5th March 2021 headed: “Lwanga’s postmortem results still inconclusive”.
It said that having failed to see any of the easily seen causes, the doctors had “opted to carry out further toxicological and histological analysis; the first to find out if there’s poison in the body,..”
I also relied on some other sources that corroborated the Daily Monitor story.
These sources seem to have had incorrect information, from what has since been formally said by the Catholic Church and the doctors involved in the process.
My apologies to the readers who may have been consumed by the inaccurate information and, similarly, to the Catholic Church and late Archibishop Lwanga’s family.
The important point I wanted to highlight though, and which should not be discounted at all, is the circumstance under which the late Archibishop died.
The Archbishop had personally and publicly complained several times of intimidation and threats coming from the government.
Since the January 2021 elections, Mr M7 has warned the Catholic Church and Buganda/ Baganda and promised to crush those he considers subversive.
This coming from a person that doesn’t just exercise powers of the President of Uganda, but is clearly exercising all “sovereign” power, is a matter that shouldn’t be taken lightly at all.
Northern Uganda, Teso and Kasese regions know what it means to be “crushed”.
Hundreds of people are yet to be accounted for in Buganda, since the November 2020 killings. A state of terror reigns.
Archbishop Lwanga has been a courageous voice against the state of terror and rampant Human Rights abuses. He raised his voice on the matter on Good Friday.
Mr Museveni or anyone occupying the office of President of Uganda should have no right to intimidate, threaten or indeed, oversee the kidnapping, torture and killing of Ugandans.
Respect for our rights; the rule of law; democratic governance; and equitable socioeconomic development will remain elusive if we don’t rally together to challenge and fight back against tyrannical rule. Archbishop Lwanga played his role.
Over to you.