Why MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya have been further remanded
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
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
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
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