In her communication to legislators on Thursday, Among confirmed that MP Ssegirinya was in Murchison Bay hospital undergoing treatment and that parliament is working out a way to have him get better treatment if he is referred.
The Deputy Speaker, Anita Among has told legislators
that the parliament leadership is working on having Kawempe North MP, Muhammad
Ssegirinya receive better treatment outside Murchison Bay Prison, Luzira.
In her communication to legislators on Thursday,
Among confirmed that MP Ssegirinya was in Murchison Bay hospital undergoing
treatment and that parliament is working out a way to have him get better treatment
if he is referred.
“And we are going to work together with government in
that regard to make sure that he gets better treatment, there shouldn’t be a
cause for alarm…we will support our person,” she said.
Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition who paid
the ailing MP a visit on Thursday noted that Ssegirinya was not well and he
implored the State to consider having the legislator get appropriate treatment
even though it has the right to arrest and prosecute.
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He added that although the health workers at the prison
health facility are doing their best professionally, there are limitations for
which assistance is needed.
“They need to be assisted to make sure that a job of
a professional nature is undertaken to recover the member…that other issues are
handled when his health condition is properly addressed,” Mpuuga said.
Among reassured the House that the MP is being treated
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MP Muhammad Ssegirinya
and his Makindye West counterpart, Allan Ssewanyana are facing several charges,
including murder, attempted murder, aiding and abetting terrorism. They were on
Monday denied bail by Masaka High Court Judge, Lawrence Tweyanze saying that
their release would jeopardize investigations since they are currently under
Tweyanze said that
the MPs are public figures and have capacity to influence and interfere with
investigations, including absconding from bail. He also said that their
lawyers led by Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago failed to prove that the MPs
were ill and that the first charges where the two legislators had been granted
bail for were different from the case before him.
MPs Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana are accused of
masterminding the recent machete killings in Masaka sub-region. Masaka High
Court recently granted them bail but they were re-arrested, charged them
afresh and remanded to Kigo Prison.
Murder is a capital
offence and it attracts a maximum punishment of death by hanging when
convicted, according to the Penal Code Act.