Court denies bail to MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana

While speaking to journalists after the court session, Ms Shamim Malende one of the lawyers representing the MPs said the judge's decision was questionable.

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The high court in Masaka has denied bail to two Opposition MPs Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North) and Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West).

The two National Unity Platform (NUP) legislators who have spent over a month in detention over Murder, Terrorism, and Attempted Murder charges, were seeking to be released on bail again after they were rearrested on the same charges in September.

Presiding over the court sitting on Monday morning, the Masaka high court judge, Justice Lawrence Tweyanze reasoned that the lawmakers could not be granted bail on grounds that they were a flight risk and could disrupt the ongoing investigations.

Citing pleadings from the State Prosecution, Justice Tweyanze noted that it had been duly proven that the suspects were likely to interfere with the ongoing investigations and probably abscond from the court once released on bail.

Regarding the medical concerns raised by the MPs, the Judge tasked the Prison Authorities at Kigo to ensure that the MPs receive the necessary treatment.

Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana were arrested last month in connection to the panga-wielding killings that marred the greater Masaka sub-region.

While speaking to journalists after the court session, Ms Shamim Malende one of the lawyers representing the MPs said the judge’s decision was questionable.
She added that they were set to appeal it in the higher courts.

Justice Tweyanze’s decision comes at a time when President Museveni is pushing hard to see court bail for murder suspects and other capital offenders scrapped off.

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