Our NUP Party Has Left Us To Rot In Jail -Incarcerated MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana Cry Out In Kigo Prison
By Uganda Online Media
President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.
“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.
Kampala: National Unity Platform(NUP) Members of Parliament, Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West and Muhammed Ssegirinya aka Mr. updates of Kawempe North have cried out for their fellow MPs who seem to have forgotten about them since their arrest and imprisonment.
Ssewanyana and Ssegirinya who are currently in Kigo government prison were arrested in September last year and charged over the recent Bijambiya murders in the Greater Masaka region.
In a letter dated January 01, 2022 letter to fellow NUP MPs the two troubled legislators expressed their disappointment noting that the people they always considered as close friends have abandoned them during their trying moments.
In their handwritten letter, the two legislators contend they are in parliament on the ticket of the NUP party however its members have not shown solidarity by standing with them at the time when they are facing several charges against the state adding that they have now become the sacrificial lambs as their fellow NUP legislators enjoy life in parliament.
“It beats our understanding that since our arrests and subsequent continued incarceration, the National Unity Platform Members of Parliament made a protest once by walking outside parliament premises and moving a motion on the state of our arrest. This kind of solidarity and action has ceased with the more days we continue being under incarceration. We are now less valued in the party and in your presence. There is no pressure mounted against the state by you honorable members from NUP party,” part of the letter from the two legislators reads in part.
“We may be the sacrifice today and then tomorrow someone else from the same party falls in the same trap, we want to confess to all of you once again that we didn’t commit any of these preferred charges. We need your voices outside there for a remedy. We need mounted pressure for justice to prevail” they added.
The two MPs were slapped with several charges related to terrorism, murder and attempted murder over their alleged role in the Greater Masaka machete killings where over 30 people were left dead by unknown assailants who hacked them using machetes.
The Chief Magistrates Court in Masaka has committed to High Court for trial on some of the charges.
According to the summary of evidence that the state availed to court and would be relied on in pinning the accused persons, there is CCTV footage allegedly captured from a restaurant and other places in Ndeeba linking the two legislators and other accused to planning the killings in Masaka.
The state is also set to produce in court call log records and statements recorded from some of the accused persons confessing to having taken part in the killings that rocked Masaka and also pin the co-accused and their role in the machete murders.
According to the indictment, the killings were politically motivated with an aim of discrediting the government and assailants were paid between shs50,000 and shs100,000 whenever they held meetings to plan the attacks.
According to the state, the secret meetings to plan the deadly attacks were held in Kampala.
Following the arrest of the two legislators last year, their colleagues walked out of parliament in protest with several opposition MPs saying the arrest of their colleagues was politically motivated.