Former Opposition Presidential Candidate Karuhanga Arrested in Tanzania

Former Opposition Presidential Candidate Karuhanga Arrested in Tanzania

By Ivan Mwine

News coming in indicates that former opposition staunch opposition presidential candidate and prominent businessman Chapa Karuhanga has Wednesday been arrested by authorities in Tanzania on orders from the Ugandan government.

Sources reveal Karuhanga, who is also a veteran Ugandan politician, is currently in detention awaiting extradition to Uganda, although the charges against him are yet to be established.

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Karuhanga’s arrest was first brought to light by former Presidential candidate and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) stalwart Dr. Warren Kizza Besigye, who tweeted thus;

“Just got info that Mr Chapaa Karuhanga, Chairman/MD of SEREFACO Ltd, who has been in Tz since Jan 2022, setting up his business there, is detained at Dar es Salaam airport.

He’s been informed by Immigration Officers that he’s needed by Ug govt! More info to follow.”

Born on March 8, 1952 in Bushenyi District, Karuhanga in 1971 got involved in student movements against Idi Amin’s regime.

In 1974 he was recruited into an opposition group led by Matayo Oling to fight Idi Amin.

While still a student at Makerere in 1976, was detained at Makindye Military Prison.

He escaped from prison later that year and went to Kenya, whose government tried to repatriate him.

He then had to flee to Tanzania where he met Milton Obote.

In 1977 he joined the University of Zambia and  in 1978 he disagreed with Obote and they separated.

In 2001 Karuhanga contested for president on the National Democrats Forum (NDF) but his bid was not successful.

He is also a founding member and senior (Eminent) Envoy/Advisor of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

By the time of filing this article the government of Uganda had not yet issued a statement about Karuhanga’s arrest.

Details coming up soon.

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