Why Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana remain detained despite court bail

The two law makers who have been in detention for weeks, are facing six charges of murder, attempted murder, terrorism and abetting terrorism.

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Two opposition members of parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North) and Allan Ssewanyan ( Makindye West)
were Monday granted a shs 20 million cash bail each by Masaka high court Magistrate, Justice Victoria Katamba Nakintu.

The two law makers who have been in detention for weeks, are facing six charges of murder, attempted murder, terrorism and abetting terrorism.

Prosecution alleges that on August 23, while at Ssetaala and Ssenya villages in Kimanya-Kabonera Division of Masaka City, the two MPs together with four other persons participated in the murder of Francis Kizza, Sulaiman Kakooza, and Tadeo Kiyimba and attempted to murder Ronald Ssebyato.

However, although the two NUP legislators had been allowed some borrowed freedom by court, they spent another night in the prison.

“As directed by court, we have to raise the 20 million for each person and deposit it in the bank, get a general receipt and there after process the bail papers for executions and the register where we have been referred to CID in Kampala and that process is going to take some time because right now the offices and banks are closed,” Erias Lukwago, one of the suspects’ lawyers said.

Lawyers Shamim Malende (L) , Erias Lukwago (R) and MP Francis Zaake behind in court on Monday | COURTESY PHOTO.

Lukwago said there was little or nothing they could do at the moment and that it was unfortunate his clients were spending another night on remand.

He however promised to expedite the process so that by Tuesday (today) morning, everything concerning paperwork and payments is concluded and submitted to court.

While attending the court session via Zoom from Kigo prison, the two MPs were instructed to appear before the court registrar every after two months. They were also ordered to hand in their passports to the court.

Among the securities for the suspects were colleagues from Parliament Francis Katabazi, Christine Ndiwalana Ndagire, Veronica Nanyondo, and Francis Zaake Butebi.

The accused have been told to report to court on September, 29th, 2021.

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