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
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.
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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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.
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
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.