An Australian-based doctor who wants to stand as a presidential candidate in Uganda has been placed alongside the warlord Joseph Kony as one of the country’s most wanted men.
Dr Aggrey Kiyingi has repeatedly accused the Ugandan government of pursuing charges against him for political reasons.
The names and photographs of the 11 wanted people have been published in all major newspapers in the country, and they include Kiyingi.
According to prosecutors, Kiyingi and 23 other suspects murdered four Muslim clerics, two policemen and a local leader.
They are further charged with attempting to murder three other people.
Kiyingi has previously dismissed the claims as “absolute nonsense”, saying they were part of a long history of orchestrated government harassment of his political organisation, including imprisonment of members, in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
In February he accused the president, Yoweri Museveni, of a “pre-emptive strike” linking him to the murder of the clerics, designed to damage his electoral chances. He said his supporters had been harassed, arrested and in some cases tortured by authorities.
The country’s police spokesman, Fred Enaga, says: “We have released the list of Uganda’s most wanted criminal fugitives.
“Some of them are in countries which do not have extradition treaties with Uganda. We are working with Interpol to arrest the suspects outside Uganda.”
Kony, who launched a rebellion in Uganda more than two decades ago, is wanted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.