Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has instructed a representative of Kitalya Prison to provide a thorough explanation of Councilor Mohammed Ssegirinya’s poor health condition.
The Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Kadaga has tasked the Kitalya prison representatives to give explanations to Councillor Mohammed Ssegirinya’s poor health state.
Ssegirinya who is the Kawempe North MP-elect was earlier this week airlifted to Nairobi hospital where he is currently seeking medical attention.
Notable reports from his prominent Facebook page pointed to the fact that the doctors in Nairobi had diagnosed that he (Ssegirinya) had been poisoned.
Initially, he had been admitted at Doctors Hospital in Seguku with ear and abdominal complications following his release from Kitalya prison where he had spent nearly a month.
However, following Tuesday’s sitting, the Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Zaake told Parliament that Ssegirinya’s case is a highlight of the many torture incidents that happen in Kitalya prison.
Zaake revealed that on Monday this week, he accessed Kitalya Prison and found the majority of the prisoners at the facility living in poor conditions with no access to health care.
“I was finally granted access after a long time of being stopped from accessing the facility. I found many people experiencing abdominal pains, they are poorly fed on half cooked posho and the hygiene is also a disaster,” Zaake revealed.
“But most of the inmates I interacted with told me that whenever they fall sick, they are forced to take over the counter painkillers with total disregard of what they are suffering from.”
In response, however, the Speaker directed the Parliament Committee on Human Rights to visit the Kitalya prison to establish whether the allegations are true.
“We want a report as soon as possible. I hereby direct the committee (of human rights) to investigate the matter and find out the status of the prisoners at the facility,” Kadaga tasked.
Ssegirinya was arrested on March 22 at Mini Price in downtown Kampala as he attempted to lead a protest demanding the release of National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters who were reportedly detained falsely before, during and after the January general elections.
Ms Flavia Musiiment, the officer in charge of the Mini Price police post in Kampala however, told the Buganda Road Court that they were forced to arrest Ssegirinya after a group of youths who were with him started pelting stones at officers.
Ms Musiiment told the court that before police intervened the crowd was moving smoothly.
“But the police had to intervene because Hon Ssegirinya had also not sought permission from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to protest,” she said.