The Kawempe North MP Muhammed Ssegirinya and Makindye West legislator Allan Ssewanyana have been charged with murder and later remanded to Kitalya prison by the Masaka Chief Magistrate’s Court.
The duo are accused of masterminding the gruesome killings in Masaka sub-region that left over 25 people dead.
They were charged with four counts, three of murder and one of attempted murder.
Prosecution led by Richard Birivumbuka alleges that the group had planning meetings at Happy Boys, Kalenda, and Kayanja Rest House in Kampala where they planned the murders.
The court also heard that on Aug 23, 2021, while at Ssetala village in Kimanya Kabonera division, the two members of parliament took part in the murder of Sulaiman Kakooza, Michael Kiza Nswa, and Tadeo Kiyimba. Robert Ssebyato survived an attempt on his life.
The presiding judge Mr Charles Yeteise remanded the duo until September 15, when they will return for further mention of the charges.
Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana join other ten men that were charged with the same offences on September 1, and remanded to Masaka Ssaza Prison.
They included; Christopher Sserwadda, 23, a resident of Nyendo-Mukungwe, Mike Sserwadda and Jude Muwonge, both residents of Ssetaala, and Batesta Mutabaazi, Joseph Kayabula, Ashraf Kayinza, Issa Ssebunnya, Moses Kaganda, and Kaboyo Henry, all residents of Byanjiri Village in Lwengo District.
The other was Paul Ssekajugo, alias, Mawanda, 43, a resident of Nakateete, Kisekka Sub-county in Lwengo District.
Given that murder is a capital offence, it can only be tried by the High Court. If convicted, according to the Penal Code Act, one is liable to a maximum punishment of death by hanging.