In attempts to substantiate this claims of suffering from grave effects of torture allegedly occasioned to him by security operatives, Ssewanyana raised his hand and asked that he be allowed to show the judge his swollen genitals which he says were squeezed by military operatives that chaotically rearrested him at the gates of Kigo prison on September 23rd.
West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyanya, on Thursday, attempted to undress
to show torture marks inflicted on him allegedly by security personnel.
currently on remand at Kigo Prison on Thursday, via Zoom appeared before the
Masaka High Court Judge Lawrence Tweyanze, seeking to be released on
substantiate the torture claims Ssewanyana raised his hand and asked that he be
allowed to show the judge his swollen genitals.
request was turned down by Justice Tweyanze who noted that he will do it
“The day I
was rearrested, I was tortured, the security officers beat me up to the extent
of squeezing my testicles and they are swollen. With your permission, I can
show the court how they are now,” he said before the judge hurriedly
interjected to decline the permission.
Ssewanyana appeared alongside his co-accused person; the Member of Parliament
for Kawempe North constituency Muhammad Ssegirinya who is now admitted at the
Prison health facility of Murchison-Bay in Luzira where he is undergoing
treatment for kidney and liver-related complications.
also displayed to court wounds on his left foot, which he claimed were
inflicted on him by the security operatives who allegedly tortured him.
lawyer, Erias Lukwago told the court that his clients are in bad health and their
conditions can’t be effectively managed at the prisons.
that they have several times told the court about the gross violations their
clients have suffered but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, Lukwago presented nine grounds to form a basis upon which he wants
to court to grant duo second release on bail. He argues that the suspects
were earlier granted bail of grave capital offences of terrorism and that they
are law-abiding citizens who can turn themselves in whenever called upon.
being Members of Parliament who owe responsibilities to the electorates, the
two are parents who have families to take care of, and that they also have
substantial sureties willing to be admitted on bond and ready to fulfill the
opposition MPs alongside six other people are facing charges related to the
recent spate of murders in which 27 were hacked in Masaka.