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MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana case pushed to next year

The pre-trial proceedings of two jailed Members of Parliament, Muhammad Ssegirinya of Kawempe North and Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West constituencies have been pushed to 20th February 2023 due to the absence of trial Judge, Alice Komuhangi Khauka.

Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana during Court proceedings. Their case has been pushed to 20 February next year following the absence of trial Judge, Alice Komuhangi, today (Photo credit: The Independent Magazine Uganda)

The case has been adjourned by the registrar Pamela Lamunu Ocaya, this reporter has learnt.

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Now both MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya, and their four co-accused persons are set to spend their second Christmas in prison on charges of murder, terrorism, and attempted murder relating to the spate of machete murders that rocked the greater Masaka Region in 2021.

However, immediately after the Court session, the MPs’ lawyer, Samuel Muyizzi Mulindwa explained that due to Ebola/COVID-19 restrictions, they have denied them an opportunity to have access to their clients and sign crucial documents to enable them file a constitutional petition challenging their trial and wondered why Masaka High Court has delayed fixing bail applications.

We have been denied access to our clients. We therefore can’t sign crucial documents to enable file a constitutional petition challenging the trial. I wonder why Masaka High Court has delayed fixing bail applications,” he said.

He added that since prison authorities barred members of the public from accessing inmates for fear of spread of Ebola and COVID-19, it has been difficult for them to talk to their clients to swear and file supporting affidavits to their petition.

The MPs were today not physically produced before Court, something that prompted the registrar to issue a production warrant directing prisons to produce the suspects physically on February 20, 2023.

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