Makindye West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana was Thursday evening re-arrested at gun point by security operatives at the entrance of Kigo Prison, his layers have confirmed. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
Ssewanyana together with Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya were on Monday granted bail after spending almost two weeks on remand. However, until today (Thursday), the two legislators had not left the coolers due to various technicalities.
After a series of engagements between their lawyers, court and government, it was agreed that Ssewanyana leave the prison today while Ssegirinya wait a little longer as efforts to substitute one of his sureties were underway.
Having fulfilled all the requirements for his release, Ssewanyana emerged from the prison gates with one thing in his mind, returning home after a long time.
Television pictures however showed the MP being grabbed by armed men in black uniforms, thrown in a van infamously referred to as Drone.
He was whisked away to a yet to be established destination leaving some of his supporters and journalists who were waiting for him outside the prison premises in utter shock.
“Horrible!!!..Hon. Allan ssewanyana has been kidnapped at gun point at the entrance of Kigo Prison by gun-toting operatives shortly after his release by Prisons authorities. He has been whisked away in a drone to an unknown destination, rendering the court order nugatory,”Lukwago posted on Facebook on Thursday.
For the fourth day running, the legislators have remained in prison despite being set free by Masaka High Court.
“We managed to bring the original file but the responsible judicial officer who is supposed to sign on the bail release papers disappeared at 2pm,” Lukwago, one of the defence lawyers, said yesterday.
The hiccups in having the lawmakers released started on Monday when they failed to pay the joint Shs40m bail fee on time.
On Tuesday the MPs were still being held on grounds that their original file was still at Masaka High Court.
The law makers and four others were charged for terrorism, aiding and abetting terrorism, murder and attempted murder, all in connection with the Masaka killings.