Former Forum for democratic change (FDC) candidate and four-time presidential contender Dr.Kiiza Besigye has called on catholic leadership to hire international investigators to investigate the actual death of the fallen outspoken catholic clergy the former Archbishop of Kampala archdiocese Dr.Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who died last week.
According to Besigye, a doctor by profession, he reasons that Uganda police has no capacity to investigate Kizito’s sudden death being an organ of the current government which he believes is the prime suspect in Kizito’s death based on a couple of warnings he says were raised by the President and his government against catholic church accusing it of supporting the opposition wing in recently concluded polls.
”Mr. Museveni and his NRM/M7 Junta came out publicly to blame their electoral defeat in Buganda on the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was (again) warned to concentrate on church work or “if you want to join politics, put off the robes,” says Besigye.
He adds that Archbishop Lwanga had been a courageous and strong voice pointing out government excesses, like human rights abuses, land-grabbing, corruption, and therefore, ”At this point, those who have been threatening the Archbishop must be strongly considered as suspects.”
As a result, therefore, Besigye says, ”The only way that Mr Museveni and the NRM/M7 Junta can avoid to be immediately convicted by all of us (Uganda’s Public Court), is to urgently seek the help of internationally respected criminal investigation organizations to work with Uganda’s Catholic Church and try to get to the truth.”
He adds; ”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 the blood supply to the heart, lungs or the brain; or, a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. The day-long postmortem exam that was carried out didn’t show any such cause; it’s reported to be INCONCLUSIVE!”
According to the postmortem report dated 5th April, read by Dr Andrew Ssekitooleko, the head of the Health Department at the Archdiocese yesterday indicated that His Grace Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga succumbed at 9.08 am on Saturday to Ischemia heart disease.
Reading the report to mourners who sounded doubtful of the actual death of their leader, Dr.Sekitoleko said, “After careful examination of the body parts of his Grace (The Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga) a conclusion of his cause of death was made. The cause of death was ischemic heart disease.”
He added, “There was no sign that he had struggled. The blood clot once appears takes between 3 to 5 minutes for a victim to immediately dies.”