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Charles Ndyabanyire, the Greater Masaka Deputy Regional Criminal Investigations Officer indicated that that they were under instructions not to release Ssekikubo but instead charge him concurrently with all his pending offenses.
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo sloping steps of Masaka Police Station on Sunday, He is lately facing charges of Attempted Murder offence he allegedly commited in 2010

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Police have slapped an additional charge of attempted murder against Lwemiyaga county Member of Parliament, Theodore Ssekikubo. 

The news charges were made known to the legislator on Sunday evening after recording a statement in regards to the offence of inciting violence and malicious damage to property for,  which he was arrested on Friday.  

The legislator was picked up from a cattle market in Sembabule district by the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander, Enock Abaine on allegations of inciting cattle farmers to forcefully reopen the market that were under quarantine. 

Despite the fact that several people showed up to stand surety for Ssekikubo, police declined to grant him bond on grounds that he has other criminal offences he committed in 2010 during the NRM primary elections in Sembabule he had to answer. 

Charles Ndyabanyire, the Greater Masaka Deputy Regional Criminal Investigations Officer indicated that that they were under instructions not to release Ssekikubo but instead charge him concurrently with all his pending offenses. 

During the 2010 National Resistance Movement-NRM party primaries, Ssekikubo was involved in fracas when he protested what he described as attempts to rig him out of the polls. 

Two people including a security operative were shot an injured permanently in the scuffle where the legislator seized voting material.

After recording statements on Sunday evening, Sekikubo who was clad in a checked-shirt, brown jacket and a scarf around his neck, was taken back into the cells at Masaka Central Police Station as his electorate and friends looked on helplessly.

Anifa Kawoya, the Sembabule Woman Member of Parliament who was among Sekikubo’s sureties, said they were amazed by police's decision to reinstate a case that was dismissed by court over lack of prosecution evidence. 

She decried the misuse of power and government institutions by some well-placed persons to fulfill their selfish gains through suffocating others. 

She faulted police for failing to follow procedures through which a case can be reinstated, arguing that the Criminal Investigations Officer merely received express instructions to retain Ssekikubo through phone call from a person he declined to reveal.

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Herman Ssentongo, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner who also witnessed the 2010 fracas as a candidate and then Ssembabule LC V chairperson  said they never anticipated that such a case that was heard and determined by court would be reinstated.

Amidst flaring emotions from a section of Ssekikubo's constituents who have pitched camp at Masaka Police Station, Ssentongo noted that he was optimistic that the matter will be resolved  and called for calm.

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In an Interview with URN from the police cells; Ssekikubo blamed his woes on Security Minister, General Elly Tumwine, who he accuse of trying to suffocate his office by enforcing a false quarantine in the area to benefit his business associate, a claim Gen Tumwine has rubbished as baseless and malicious.