Members of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana for Makindye West and
Muhammad Ssegirinya for Kawempe North who are facing charges of murder are citing six grounds on which they are seeking bail before the Masaka High Court.
The two, currently on remand at the Kigo government prison facility
were arrested last week, on allegations of participating in the recent spate of
murders that occurred in Masaka sub-region.
They were detained at Masaka Central Police Station after they
had responded to summonses that required them to record statements about their
alleged involvement in murders.
These were eventually arraigned before Charles
Yeistese, the Masaka Chief Magistrate who remanded them to prison until
investigations are complete such that then face prosecution.
However, the suspects through their lawyer, Abubaker Ssekanjako
of Lukwago and Company Advocates, have filed bail applications before Masaka High
Court, seeking that they are granted freedom to face trial while outside
Ssekanjako adduces six grounds to justify the release of the
suspects from prison facilities where they are incarcerated.
Besides holding onto the presumption of innocence until proven
guilty, the two MPs are said to be suffering from serious health
complications that cannot be managed well in prison facilities.
He has attached copies of medical certificates of both MPs
arguing that they need specialized healthcare that can only be secured outside
Thirdly according to the lawyer, they are also sure of when the state will
complete their investigations into the allegations for the trial to commence,
saying that waiting with uncertainty may worsen his clients’ health conditions.
Fourthly Ssekanjako also argues moreover, that his suspects are capable to
presenting substantial sureties to court. Fifth, the accused are Members of
Parliament who at the moment cannot execute responsibilities as vested in them
by their constituents.
And finally, their indefinite incarceration in effect is depriving citizens of Makindye West and of Kawempe North of their fundamental rights
“in the circumstances….
Cue out: ….fixed
“kitwalibwa nti omusongo ….
Cue out: ….bakiikirire
Court has allocated September 20th to hear the bail
application before Lady Justice Victoria Nakintu Katamba, the Masaka High Court
The two opposition MPs are 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.
According to the charge sheet, the suspects are accused of murdering
Francis Kizza, Sulaiman Kakooza, and Tadeo Kiyimba and attempted to murder
Ronald Ssebyato of Ssetaala village in Masaka City.
These are jointly charged with four more suspects, some of
whom according to police confession by culprits in their statements, mention the two MPs as their accomplices.