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Kawempe Division Council Meeting Ends Abruptly Amid Chaos

Trouble started after division councilors led by the Namere Parish Councilor Andy Simon Kaweesa tabled a motion demanding for the immediate release of Ssegirinya who is an ex-official of the council.
19 Jan 2022 18:17
Councilors protesting with placard in the meeting

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The Kawempe Division council meeting on Wednesday was cut short after the councilors stormed out protesting the continued detention of Kawempe North MP Mohammed Ssegirinya. 

Trouble started after division councilors led by the Namere Parish Councilor Andy Simon Kaweesa tabled a motion demanding for the immediate release of Ssegirinya who is an ex-official of the council.

Ssegirinya has been on remand since September 7 2021 when he was charged together with Makindye East MP Allan Ssewanyana and seven others with a string of charges including terrorism and murder in relation to the machete killings in Masaka and Lwengo District that left more than 20 people dead and scores injured.

Kaweesa wanted the council to have a special session to demand the release of Ssegirinya which Speaker Justus Akampurira rejected saying that the council cannot discuss matters before the court.

//Cue in: “ Kawempe II B…

Cue out….as this council of Kawempe”.//

However, councilors who included Tomas Bagonza of Wandegeya, Ali Ssenkunda of Kanyanya, and Muhammed Nsubuga of Makerere III stormed the Council hall holding three placards. They were later joined by other councilors.

Counter-Terrorism police officers who were guarding Nyumbani Hotel, the venue of the meeting stormed the hall to arrest the councilors. However, they were overpowered forcing them to fire bullets in the air to disperse the rowdy councilors.

The Kawempe Division Mayor Emmanuel Sserunjogi said that the councilors were executing their constitutional right to show their dissatisfaction over the continued incarceration of Ssegirinya.

//Cue in: “It’s very unfortunate…. 

Cue out…. about five months”. //  

Akampurira said that he was yet to guide the councilors on how to handle the situation but was surprised by the actions of the police.

//Cue in: “Rule of procedure nga…

Cue out…..nga tusirisse nnyo”//

Sarah Nakitto, the councilor of Mbogo and Kakungulu Zone vowed not to attend any council meeting until Ssegirinya is released.

//Cue in: “Abalonga omubaka…

Cue out……ebiteeso byaffe wagulu”.//



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