During the plenary, Mpuuga raised a procedural concern questioning whether the Speaker had been notified about the re-arrests of the MPs. He also noted that the MPs had been denied access to their immediate family and that it cannot be business as normal when such violations are going on.
The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has tasked the government to present a statement
explaining the re-arrest of Kawempe North MP,
Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP, Allan Ssewanyana shortly
after their release by courts on bail.
He issued the directives during the plenary
on Tuesday when a
section of legislators led by the Leader of Opposition (LOP), Mathias Mpuuga
took to the floor to criticize the re-arrest of the MPs immediately after their release from Prison.
Security re-arrested Ssegirinya
on Monday outside Kigo
Prison where he was remanded on September 8th, 2021, a few hours after the
Kampala High Court granted him bail.
The legislator is battling six counts of murder, attempted murder and
aiding and abetting terrorism.
Spokesperson, Fred Enanga later issued a
statement indicating that the MP had been re-arrested by the joint security task force on
fresh charges of treason and incitement to violence and transferred to the Special Investigations
Division Kireka for statement recording and action.
This is the same manner that the security
operatives re-arrested Ssewanyana on Thursday last week shortly after his release on bail. The legislator
is also in custody at the Special Investigations Division, Kireka.
The two are accused of being involved in the
recent spate of killings in the Greater Masaka sub-region by panga wielding men, which have claimed the lives of close
to 30 people.
During the plenary, Mpuuga
raised a procedural concern questioning whether the Speaker had been notified
about the re-arrests of the MPs. He also noted that the MPs had been denied
access to their immediate family and that it cannot be business as normal when
such violations are going
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He demanded that the State explains the re-arrest
of the MPs urgently since the law is clear on how to treat those that have been
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Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda
moved a motion to have the sitting suspended until their colleagues are
released. Oulanyah said that such a move would need him to be briefed first
so that they plan how to process it.
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Ssekikubo Theodore, the Lwemiyaga County MP also
weighed in on the matter and demanded that the State explains the re-arrest of
the MPs and immediately produces them.
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Oulanyah said that the matter is serious since the
Head of the Institution of Parliament does not know the circumstances under, which the MPs were re-arrested. He noted that
the first summons to the MPs went through his office but he is surprised that
their re-arrest was not communicated.
demanded answers for the re-arrest of the MPs and suspended the House to allow
the government side to prepare and present a statement.