Ssewanyana Ssegirinya remanded to Kitalya masaka murders (1)
A Kawempe North MP (C) and a Makindye West MP (L) have both been remanded to Kitalya prison on charges relating to the ongoing murders in Masaka. FILE PHOTO

On charges relating to ongoing murders in Masaka, two MPs, Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana have been remanded to Kitalya prison.

Two opposition MPs, Muhammad Ssegirinya of Kawempe North and Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West have been remanded to Kitalya prison over charges related to the ongoing murders in Masaka.

The remand followed after the two were arraigned in court on Tuesday and charged with four counts related to the vicious killings in the greater Masaka region.

Last week, the two National Unity Platform party members were summoned to appear in court and respond to claims that they were behind the vicious murders.

In two separate letters dated September 3, 2021, the police requested that Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana should appear at Masaka Police Station on Monday to record statements in response to the above allegations.

In the letter, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations noted that they are carrying out proper research to establish facts behind some murders that took place in Greater Masaka during July and August 2021 and it is through this basis that Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana were summoned.

On Tuesday, the duo was expected to return in the afternoon when their cases will be heard after which they were charged with four counts, with three cases related to murder while one was of attempted murder.

According to the prosecution which was led by Richard Birivumbuka, the two legislators held a series of planning meetings at Kayanja Rest House and Happy Boys in Kampala respectively where they planned the killings.

In particular, Birivumbuka said Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana participated in the murder of three individuals including Michael Nawa, Sulaiman Kakooza and Tadeo Kiyimba of Kimanya Kabonera village in August 2021.

As a result, Chief Magistrate Charles Yeteise ruled that both be remanded to Kitalya prison up to September 15, 2021, when they will be expected to return in court.

MPs Ssegirinya Ssewanyana murders in Masaka and Lwengo killings (1)
Some suspects, Enanga said, revealed to them that on top of recruiting them, these MPs also promised them a lot of wealth, which induced them into committing these atrocities. FILE PHOTO

What the Police said

The Police earlier this week defended a decision to have the MPs summoned saying that some of the captured suspects on interrogation said they were hired by them to committing these atrocities.

While addressing the media on Monday, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said the suspects also disclosed to them the series through which they were admitted and also taken through meetings on how they were going to carry out these said duties.

“The suspects in their admissions clearly indicate how they were recruited, taken through the intentionally designed plans in a meeting at Ndeeba, and create animosity against elderly victims, who do not share their views,” Enanga said.

“The suspects were promised wealth as a motivating factor. And that it is under the command of the two politicians that the victims were hacked and beaten to death. It is further alleged that the politicians facilitated the movement of the assailants and induced them to commit the atrocities against their victims,” he added.