Sssewanya complained that they have endured a long remand sentence of close to six months, which was enough time for the state to thoroughly study the case file, conduct and conclude the necessary investigations in the allegations against them.
Members of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana for Makindwe West and Muhammad
Ssegirinya-Kawempe North have protested the plea by Masaka Resident Chief State Attorney
to amend the charges sheet in the murder trial against them.
The two legislators
who are on remand at Kigo prisons were rearrested in September last year, shortly
after being granted bail on related offenses of murder and terrorism, which they
allegedly committed in the greater Masaka sub-region between July and August
the two MPs and their lawyer Shamim Malende returned before Masaka Grade One Magistrate
Christine Nantenge to receive updates on the progress on investigations in
their case file and when they are likely to be committed to High Court for plea
Birivumbuka, the Masaka Resident Chief State Attorney told court the MPs' committal
papers were not ready because the state wants to make amendments in the charge
sheets on file, which required them a little more time.
He requested the court for one more adjournment which he said would be enough for them to
complete the files and accordingly have the MPs committed to High Court for
submission angered both the accused persons and their lawyer, who accused him
of being used to play deliberate delaying tricks that are intended to prolong
their stay in incarceration.
the submission by the State Attorney, both MPs sought an audience from the magistrate
to address their displeasure with the manner the case is being handled.
complained that they have endured a long remand sentence of close to six months,
which was enough time for the state to thoroughly study the case file, conduct
and conclude the necessary investigations in the allegations against them.
He argues the
sudden request by the State Attorney to make amendments in the charge sheet in a case
file on which they were rearrested is illogical and only intended to further
subject persecute them on offenses they are innocent of.
//Cue in: “ate leero kitwewunyisizza…..//
Cue out; ….eddembe ly’obuntu.”//
Ssegirinya also indicated that although they are not worried about being
investigated on charges leveled against them, they are aggrieved with the sluggishness
of the process which he says treats them as though they are already guilty.
with both the court and the state to allow them be released on bail, to allow them to attend to urgent demands that include accessing specialized medical care they
have failed to get in prison.
//Cue in; “owekitiibwa omulamuzi…. //
Cue out; ….tufuna obw’enkanya.”//
Malende, the lawyer to the MPs indicated she was also caught by surprise by the
state’s request, arguing that she came expecting to have the suspects committed
to high court after close to six months on remand.
requested the court to grant him only one adjournment, to allow him to make the little
amendments in the case file, for purposes of effectively proceeding with the
//Cue in: “we are seeking….//
Cue out; ….very true.”//
Meanwhile, before the Magistrate granted the last adjournment to March 23rd, the court
was treated to chaos when MP Ssegirinya’s mother Justine Nakajumba who in attendance
lost her patience and shouted at the State Attorney accusing him of persecuting her son based on cooked-up charges.
top of her voice and wailing for mercy for her son, Nakajumba brought the court
process to a standstill until security personnel intervened and took her out as
she threatened to end her life over the continued incarceration of Ssegirinya.
Notably, Nakajumba has recently become synonymous with protests demanding the release of MP
Ssegirinya whom he says was unjustifiably arrested. Late last month, Nakajumba protested at Parliament before the Deputy Speaker Anita Among consoled her with a million shillings .