Why MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya have been further remanded

Date: 2022-03-10

By Kalule Paddy

Incarcerated Members of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana for Makindwe West and Muhammad Ssegirinya-Kawempe North have protested a request by Masaka Resident Chief State Attorney to amend the charge sheet in the murder trial against them. 

Richard Birivumbuka, the Masaka Resident Chief State Attorney asked for an adjournment to enable him complete the files that are required to committee the two legislators to High Court for plea taking. 

  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 2021. 

 However, the application by the state attorney 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.

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.

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.

Muhammad 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. 

  He pleaded 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. 

However the trial Masaka Grade One Magistrate Christine Nantenge granted the last adjournment to March 23rd

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