MP Ssegirinya re- arrested outside Kigo prison

Ssegirinya who had just been released from Kigo prison on a court bail, was taken away by gun wielding men dressed in black. He was being driven by his lawyer Shamim Malende.

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Kawempe North constituency Member of Parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya has been arrested and taken to a yet to be known place, his lawyer has said.

Ssegirinya who had just been released from Kigo prison on a court bail, was taken away by gun wielding men dressed in black. He was being driven by his lawyer Shamim Malende.

“Hon Segirinya pulled out of my car as we exit Kigo prison and taken to unknown destination by security operatives clad in black attire,” lawyer Shamim Malende tweeted Monday evening.

Last Thursday, Allan Ssewanyana, the Makindye West MP was grabbed in almost similar style by armed men in black uniforms, thrown in a van commonly referred to as the Drone and whisked away.

Although the Military have come out to confirm they’re holding Ssewanyana, his relatives and lawyers say they have denied access to him.

The two legislators and four other persons were earlier charged for terrorism, aiding and abetting terrorism, murder and attempted murder, all in connection with the Masaka killings.

President Museveni has on several occasions noted that there’s need for a  Constitutional review on  when it comes to  the right to bail in relation to traditional justice systems.

The president maintains that although bail is a Constitutional right to any suspect until proved guilty, there is need to streamline cases that can be bailed on and those that can not.

In his assessment, some suspects who are charged with offences that are capital in nature, when granted bail cause so much hatred and anger amongst respective communities and might force them to take law into their hands.

While Officiating at the Benedicto Kiwanuka Memorial lecture day held in Kampala on Monday, Museveni said, “I have got a record that when they ( CJ Benjamin Odoki Commission) were going around, the population  said that there should be no bail for some certain offences.
Bail had been left to the discretion of Court but now it has been made a right of a suspect including those on Capital offences.” 

However, those that are opposing Museveni’s government say this is something that the president wants to use to oppress them.

The politicians and human rights defenders have continuously argued that if the law of the right to bail is scrapped, the government will have the luxury of preferring trumped up charges against opposition politicians and lock them up.

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