Court sets date for MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana’s bail application hearing

The legislators and other suspects are being accused of participating in the recent spate of killings in the Greater Masaka sub region between the months of July and August this year in which over 25 people lost their lives.

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Members of Parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana in a previous Court session. PHOTO/COURTESY.

High Court in Masaka has set tomorrow October 21 for the hearing of bail application for MPs Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West and Muhammad Ssegirinya of Kawempe North.

Last week, reports say the new Masaka High Court judge, Lawrence Tweyanze declined to hear the MPs’ bail application on grounds that the first application was heard by a different judge.

But to the shock of many including Erias Lukwago one of the lawyers of the accused, the process turned out to be a hide and seek game.

He asked his colleague Victoria Nakintu to be in charge because she had presided over hearing of the initial application.

However, Nakintu referred the matter to the Principal Judge, Dr Flavian Zeija for guidance.

The Daily Monitor on Wednesday quoted an October 13 letter which Dr Zeija wrote to Justice Tweyanze guiding that, “The purpose of this letter is to allocate to you the above mentioned case file for fixing and hearing of the bail application.”

Among the grounds the MPs’ lawyers listed for bail include serious illness, inadequate medical attention in prison where they were remanded, having fixed places of abode and that they are willing to abide by the bail terms, among others.

The legislators and other suspects are being accused of participating in the recent spate of killings in the Greater Masaka sub region between the months of July and August this year in which over 25 people lost their lives.

Despite being released on bail,Mr Ssewanyana was September 23 re-arrested at Kigo prison gate before he was forced into a security van infamously referred to as a drone.   

Four days later, Mr Ssegirinya was also rearrested in the same manner after being released on bail. They were later jointly charged with another count of murder allegedly committed in Kisekka Sub County in Lwengo District.

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