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Plain cloth police officers stormed Mpigi district headquarters and called Ssempijja from the council meeting that was considering the 2019/2020 financial year budget estimates.
Cyrus Baker Ssempijja

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Mpigi district council was plunged into confusion on Wednesday evening when police picked up the Deputy Speaker, Cyrus Baker Ssempijja from a council meeting.  

Plain cloth police officers stormed Mpigi district headquarters and called Ssempijja from the council meeting that was considering the 2019/2020 financial year budget estimates. 

 

No sooner had Ssempijja stepped out of the council hall than he was grabbed by the trouser by one of the officers. Ssempijja asked the officers to treat him with respect since he was willing to cooperate.  

The officers then accompanied Ssempijja to his office for a few minutes before whisking him away from the district headquarters.

The arrest of the deputy speaker grounded the council meeting to a halt as councilors demanded to know what had happened to Ssempijja.

The Katonga Region Police Spokesperson, Phillip Mukasa confirmed Ssempijja’s arrest, says he was wanted for skipping bail. 

He explained that when they received the arrest warrant, they launched a manhunt for the Deputy Speaker but received information that he was at the district headquarters. 

 

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Information obtained by our reporter shows that several people have filed cases implicating the speaker for forgery, impersonation and obtaining money by false pretense among others.   According to police sources, the victims include contractors and job applicants among others. 

 

“Using his office, he duped a number of individuals and acquired lots of money after forging several document from the CAO’s office thus promising to award them contracts on several projects and programmers in the district among other things,” the source told Uganda Radio Network.     

Our reporter has since established that after learning of his impending arrest, Ssempijja disappeared from Mpigi skipping several council meeting, which prompted some councilors to moot his impeachment in December last year.  

However, the District Chairperson, Peter Claver Mutuluza opposed the move, saying it was premature. After a while, Ssempijja returned to save his position. 

He was picked up shortly after his return and dragged to court, which remanded him to Mpigi prison for more than two weeks before he was released on bail.          

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