MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana Charged With Masaka Murders, Remanded

Muhammed Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana in court earlier today

Muhammed Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana in court earlier today

MPs, Hon. Ssegirinya Muhammad (Kawempe North) and Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) have been charged at Masaka Chief Magistrates Court with four counts, 3 of murder and 1 of attempted murder and remanded to Kitalya prison until 15th September.

The two MPs who were last week summoned to record statements over the murders, were on Tuesday afternoon arrested and detained at Masaka Police Station.

According to the prosecution which was led by Richard Birivumbuka, Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana hosted a series of planning meetings at Kayanja Rest House and Happy Boys in Kampala where they planned the killings.

Birivumbuka said that the two MPs participated in the murder of Michael Nawa, Sulaiman Kakooza and Tadeo Kiyimba of Kimanya Kabonera village in August 2021.

Muhammed Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana in court earlier today represented by Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and Shamim Malende

Chief Magistrate Charles Yeteise remanded both MPs to Kitalya. They will be expected to return in court on September 15, 2021.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said on Monday that the two MPs were summoned after some of the suspects connected them to planning the murders in meetings held in Ndeeba, a Kampala suburb.

Over 30 people have so far been killed by machete welding gangs in Masaka in a period of one month.

The intentions of the killers remain scanty, as they target elderly sections of the population.

Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana now join 23 other suspects who have so far been arrested in connection with the Masaka killings.

According to Enanga, 11 of the suspects have already appeared in courts of law, whereas the others are pending court appearance.