Opposition legislators in parliament have vowed to shun plenary until the
Kawempe North Member of parliament, Muhammad Ssegirinya and his Makindye West counterpart, Allan Ssewanyana are released.
The joint security task force re-arrested
Ssegirinya on Monday this week shortly after his release from Kigo
prison following their remand on September 8th, 2021 on six counts of murder, attempted murder and aiding and abetting
terrorism. On the other hand, the joint security task force re-arrested Ssewanyana on September 24th,
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga later issued a
statement indicating that both legislators had been re-arrested on fresh charges of treason and
incitement to violence and were being held at the Special Investigations Division Kireka for
statement recording and action.
On Tuesday, opposition legislators led
by the Leader of Opposition (LOP), Mathias Mpuuga
took to the floor to criticize the re-arrest of the MPs immediately after their
release from Prison and demanded an explanation from the government.
result, the Speaker of Parliament,
Jacob Oulanyah tasked the government to present a statement explaining the
re-arrest of the two legislators. He also wondered why the government had failed to
communicate to his office about the re-arrest of the legislators.
statement, the Prime Minister, Robinnah Nabanja confirmed the re-arrest of the
legislators, saying they were still under interrogations. She also revealed that the government would inform the speaker’s chambers
about the arrest of the legislators. Dissatisfied with the prime minister’s explanation,
opposition legislators stormed out of the chambers.
Now, the opposition legislators, say that they
will not entertain any Parliamentary business until the two are
released. The Opposition Chief Whip, John
Baptist Nambeshe, says that they were
prompted to take the decision because of the continued incarceration
of MPs in non-gazzetted areas.
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Although most of the opposition members from the
National Unity Platform (NUP), Democratic Party (DP) and Forum for Democratic
Change (FDC) MPs attended the presser,
there were no legislators from the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
The MPs also condemned the proposal fronted by the
President to scrap bail
for suspects in capital offences. Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP, said that as the opposition, they are opposed to all schemes
to remove bail from the law books.
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The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and his Deputy, Annet Anita Among and the Minister of State
for Internal Affairs, David
Muhoozi are meeting ahead of the plenary.