They were charged with three counts of murder and attempted murder, offenses they allegedly committed on 23rd August this year, at Ssetaala and Ssenya villages located in Kimanya-Kabonera division in Masaka city.
Members of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West and Muhammad
Ssegirinya for Kawempe North have been remanded to Kitalya prison for allegedly participating in the murder of
people in Masaka district.
The two opposition MPs were arraigned before the Masaka Chief Magistrate's
Court after they had appeared at the Masaka Central Police Station to record
statements about their alleged participation in the gruesome killings that
have engulfed in Masaka sub region in the recent past.
They were charged with three counts of murder and attempted
murder, offenses they allegedly committed on 23rd August this year, at
Ssetaala and Ssenya villages located in Kimanya-Kabonera division in Masaka
The two MPs were taken to court amid heavy security deployment
and appeared alongside Bruno Wamala and John Mugera who according to prosecution
are accomplices in the murders.
Richard Birivumbuka, the Masaka Resident Chief State Attorney,
indicated to court that the suspects murdered Francis Kizza, Sulaiman Kakooza
and Tadeo Kiyimba and attempted to murder Ronald Ssebyato of Ssetaala village
in Masaka City.
According to the charge sheet, the four have been jointly facing similar
charges of murder alongside two more suspects; Mike Ssemanda and Jude
Muwonge who were earlier charged and remanded to Ssaza prison facility in Masaka.
According to police, they were arrested after revelations from some
of the confessing culprits who pinned them on the murders that have occurred.
Charles Yeitese, the Masaka Chief Magistrate indicated that
given that the suspects are facing a capital offense of murder, his court does not jurisdiction
to enter their pleas, thereby sending them to Kitalya prison for 6 months,
a period after which suspects on capital offenses can qualify for mandatory
Court however, granted the suspects permission to return on September 15th this year, to check on the progress of
investigations into the offenses.
Erias Lukwago, the lawyer to the two MPs have told journalists
after the court session that they are going to file an application to the High
Court seeking the release of his clients on bail on medical grounds.
He alleges that his clients are framed by the regime for its political
scores, something he says will complicate the pursuit to apprehending the real
killers in Masaka.
we adduced evidence….
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Cue out; …..amangu
According to police records, a total of 38 suspects are held in
different security detention centers, of which 14 have already been presented
before court of law, in relation to murders that have claimed 26 lives in the
district of Masaka and Lwengo, where 9 people are also nursing injuries
inflicted on them by machete-wielding assailants.