Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana in trouble over Masaka murders

On Tuesday while addressing journalists  at the Media Centre, Mr Chris Baryomunsi, Minister of ICT and National Guidance said there were clues linking the killings to politics. 

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Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana could be in trouble over alleged involvement in the ongoing killings in Greater Masaka region. The two members of Parliament have been summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation Department at Masaka police station.

This comes at a time when joint security agencies are in the region trying to establish the cause of the killings that have left over 25 people lifeless in just a month.

The assailants whose motive is still unknown, have also left several others nursing wounds. They have mostly been targeting the elderly from 50 years and over.

“The directorate of criminal investigations is investigating some murders that took place in Greater Masaka in the months of July and August 2021. This serves as summons for you to appear at Masaka Police Station on Monday 6th September, 2021, at 10:00hrs before deputy D/SSP Moses Taremwa for a statement on the said investigations,” reads the summon served separately to the two legislators, copies seen by Sta Daily News.

However, both legislators have denied the allegations and termed police actions as “malice and a smear campaign” to frame them.

“I know nothing about these things, I have not been around and I have seeing whatever has been going on via social media,” Ssegirinya said.

Like Ssewanyana, he said he would obey the summon but added, “I will only tell them my names that I’m Ssegirinya Muhammad, nothing else.”

On Tuesday while addressing journalists  at the Media Centre, Mr Chris Baryomunsi, Minister of ICT and National Guidance said there were clues linking the killings to politics. 

“What seems to  come out is that these people are being used by some politicians to create fear among the population,” ICT and National Guidance minister, Mr Chris Baryomunsi said Tuesday.

Mr. Baryomunsi told journalists that,“they want to cause fear among the people so that the population can say that the NRM government has failed to protect them.”

The minister’s statements, however, didn’t go well with legislators representing the Greater Masaka in Parliament and slammed the claims while demanding that he apologises for making such “reckless statements” before the nation. 

In their assessment, the legislators said the government had not done enough to protect the citizens. 

As of August 31,2021, authorities said they had arrested about 61 people connected to the murders. On Wednesday, 10 of the suspects were arraigned in court and charged with murder and attempted murder. 

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