Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka said that it was an error on the part of the government not to inform the Office of the Speaker but everything is being done to make sure that the legislators are treated within the law.
Opposition legislators have stormed out of parliament to protest the
re-arrest of Kawempe North MP,
Muhammad Ssegirinya and his Makindye West counterpart, Allan Ssewanyana. The legislator walked out shortly after the house
resumed on Tuesday afternoon after a ten minute’s adjournment by the speaker Jacob
Oulanyah to allow the
government to present a statement on
the re-arrest of the two legislators.
The joint security task force re-arrested Ssegirinya on Monday at Kigo Prison shortly after being
released on bail by Kampala High
Court. The legislator was remanded to Kigo prison on September 8th
on six counts of murder, attempted murder and
aiding and abetting terrorism.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga later issued a statement, saying that the MP had been re-arrested on fresh charges of
treason and incitement to violence and transferred to the Special
Investigations Division, Kireka for statement recording and action.
This is the same manner that the joint security team re-arrested Ssewanyana on Thursday last week and drove him to the Special Investigations Division, Kireka.
The two are being accused of their alleged involvement in machete killings in Greater Masaka sub-region, which have claimed close
to 30 people.
afternoon, the Prime
Minister, Robinah Nabbanja confirmed the re-arrested of the two
legislators. She explained that Ssewanyana was interrogated on Monday by the Criminal Investigations Directorate in the presence of his lawyers, adding that Ssegirinya would also be interrogated later today and record his
On the failure by the government to notify the Speaker about the
re-arrest of the legislators,
Nabbanja said that this information will soon reach the Speaker’s office. Her response did not go well with Buhweju
Francis Mwijukye who said that Parliament cannot proceed given the unclear
absence of its members.
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Ssekikubo Theodore, the Lwemiyaga County MP also
questioned whether the government side found it unnecessary to inform the Speaker before rea-arresting the MPs.
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Oulanyah also wondered why the government did not inform his office as
required by law.
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Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka said that it
was an error on
the part of the government not to inform the Office of the Speaker but
everything is being done to make sure that the legislators are treated within the
law. “The two colleagues are
going to be presented in court…and they can go back as many times, as the
offences they commit,” Kiryowa said.
Kiryowa’s statement enraged opposition
MPs. The Leader of Opposition
Mathias Mpuuga said that the statement by the Attorney General was very disturbing since Ssewanyana has not been
produced in court in the last 48 hours. Mpuuga
said that he was constrained to continue with the Sitting and immediately led
MPs out of the Chambers in
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Oulanyah said that it is part of the rights of any MP to
signify dissent but hastened to add that
he does not approve of the idea of changing the dress code of the
“But am not in any disagreement with the act of
walking out, I have no problem with that because the option would be to stay
and become problematic. So, I applaud the Leader of Opposition that he has led
his team out of the Chambers of this House without any drama…with the exception
of change of dress code of this House. I applaud him for that,” said Oulanyah.
said that there are things that should be avoided since the
Constitution is clear about processes and procedures.
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Nabbanja said that the government was going to look
for a way forward regarding the matter. Oulanyah then adjourned the House to
Wednesday, 2:00 pm.