UGANDAN authorities are holding prisoner a Catholic priest, Fr Francis Kizito, for alleged collaboration with antiGovernment guerillas.
It is the first instance of government detention of a clergyman since the fall of Idi Amin in 1979.
The Catholic daily Munco reported that Fr Kizito gave himself up to John LuwizaKirunda, Internal Affairs Minister, after hearing that he had been accused of anti-state activities by the Vice-President, Paulo Muwanga.
Fr Kizito is alleged to have visited rebel camps last year while he was parish priest for the Katende area, and to have supplied food to the rebels. No charges have been filed against him and he can be held indefinitely under Ugandan security laws.
Mr Muwanga attributed the allegations to a Pakistani, Sajjed Haider Soori, who was arrested at Entebbe airport in December and charged recently with having advised rebels while in the pay of the Libyan leader Col Ghadafi.