Erias Lukwago. Lukwago, Ssewanyana’s lawyer said that Ssewanyana's kidnap renders the court directive that he should be released on bail insignificant.
Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana signs the condolence book for the late Mary Luwum.
Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana was on Thursday rearrested after
he was released from Kigo Prison.
Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesperson says Ssewanyana was re-arrested outside the prison at 7:30 pm by unknown gunmen and driven to an unknown destination.
"The state has mastered the art of violating court orders. Remember the
black mamba siege and several other incidents of re-arresting people released
by the court. So the state wants to continue holding the legislators." He said.
"You cannot tell who arrested him because they were plain-clothed. But we
are dealing with a lawless government. Anything can happen," Ssenyonyi
Erias Lukwago. Lukwago, Ssewanyana’s lawyer said that Ssewanyana's
kidnap renders the court directive that he should be released on bail insignificant.
Ssegirinya was jointly arrested together with Makindye West MP
Ssewanyana on September 7th 2021 and taken to Masaka Magistrates Court on
charges of murder and terrorism arising from the recent killings of people
using machetes in Masaka. They were remanded and sent to Kigo Government
But since the court lacked
jurisdiction to try the offenses, they had to seek bail before the High Court
which was granted by Lady Justice Victoria Nakintu Katamba on September 20th
2021 on presumption that they are still innocent unless proven to be guilty.
As part of the conditions however, the
Judge directed the legislators to pay a 20 million Shillings’ cash bail and ordered
their sureties to execute a bond form of 100 million Shillings not cash.
They were also instructed to surrender
their passports to the International Crimes Division of High Court where they
should be reporting twice every month and barred from participating in any
rhetoric that may cause public excitement.
After fulfilling the conditions of
paying the cash to the bank and surrendering their passports, the parties on
Thursday appeared before the High Court International Crimes Division Registrar
Beatrice Atingu in Kampala to append signatures on the forms.
Subsequently, Ssewanyana and Ssegirinya appeared via a zoom link connecting from court to Kigo prison where they
are were directed to sign in the presence of the Registrar before the sureties
can also sign physically in court.
However, Ssegirinya’s surety the Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake did
not appear in court.
When contacted, Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons spokesperson says Ssewanyana
was released and therefore he doesn’t know his whereabouts.
"So you ask me about Ssegirinya because he is still in prison. But
Ssewanyana, we released him on Thursday. If anything happened to him after
his release from prison, I am not responsible," Baine said.
Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police Force spokesperson, says his team
is still verifying the information about Ssewanyana's kidnap.