The MP were separately presented before the Masaka Grade One Magistrate Grace Wakooli and Chief Magistrate Charles Yeitese, for further mention of murder and terrorism charges, and the amendments in their earlier charge sheet respectively.
Members of parliament
Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya have
asked court to reign over security agencies and stop the violation of their
The MP were separately presented before the Masaka Grade One
Magistrate Grace Wakooli and Chief Magistrate Charles Yeitese, for further
mention of murder and terrorism charges, and the amendments in
their earlier charge sheet respectively.
They however told the court that their fundamental rights have been abused while in custody and that they have suffered physical torture as military operatives rearrested them shortly
after they were released on bail from Kigo prison.
While Ssegirinya showed blisters in his palms, which he claimed were sustained in a scuffle
that ensued during his rearrest, Ssewanyana walked with difficulty; a condition he also alleges was caused by the inhumane treatment subjected to him by
security operatives. Ssewanyana said
that he had been denied specialized treatment for Hypertension and Hemophilia which he said had progressed while in detention.
He asked the court to
order the prison authorities to provide them with specialized medical attention
and most preferably be allowed access to private medical specialists to
appropriately attend to their conditions before they worsen.
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In her submission
before the Chief Magistrate, lawyer Shamim Malende
indicated that the MPs were brutally rearrested by military personnel who manhandled
them and accordingly inflicted physical injuries on them. She asked the court to
prevail over the security agencies to stop disrespecting legal
processes as well as refraining from any human rights violation while executing
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The prosecution, led by Richard Birivumbuka, the Masaka Resident
Chief State Attorney, in an amended charge sheet, presented fresh charges of murder against the two MPs, bringing the total number of offences
against them to seven. They are jointly charged alongside seven other suspects
who are also on remand in Kigo and Kitalya prisons.
According to Birivumbuka, the duo participated in the murder
of Joseph Bwanika, a resident of Kankamba village, Kisekka sub-county in
Lwengo district, after they allegedly raided the deceased’s home on the night
of August 2, 2021.
But the State Attorney told the court
that the accused persons have not officially notified them about any human rights
violation against them and that he was also not informed of the MPs rearrests. The Masaka Chief Magistrate Charles Yeitese remanded the duo
to Kigo prison on the fourth count of murder up to October 15.
He however instructed the prison authorities to ensure that
the MPs access the required medical attention.