After being released on bail, Kawempe North Legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya was whisked away by security officers in a drone.
The Kawempe North Legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya was on Monday whisked away by security officers in a drone a few minutes after his bail.
This was confirmed by his lawyer Shamim Malende. “Hon Segirinya pulled out of my car as we exit Kigo prison and taken to unknown destination by security operatives clad in black attire,” she said.
On September 07, Ssegirinya was jointly arrested together with the Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana on charges of murder and terrorism arising from the recent vicious killings in Masaka.
The two were remanded to Kigo government prison.
On September 20, Ssewanyana was granted bail while Ssegirinya was retained due to the absence of his surety, Hon Francis Zaake who is currently out of the country.
The legislators were granted bail by the High Court Magistrate Justice Victoria Nakintu Katamba on the presumption that they were still innocent unless proven to be guilty.
As part of the conditions, however, the court directed the legislators to pay a 20 million Shillings cash bail and ordered their sureties to also execute a bond form of 100 million Shillings not cash.
Ssegirinya who has been detained since last week, on Monday reappeared before the High Court in Kololo. His defence lawyer who is also the Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago requested the court to change surety from MP Zaake to MP Patrick Nsanja of Ntejeru.
The Presiding Judge Lillian Alum Omara accepted Lukwago’s prayer and ordered that Ssegirinya be released immediately, as soon as Kigo prison gets served with a copy of release documents.
The prosecution, however, indicated that the new surety should be obedient to the same terms that were initially set for Zaake. This was strongly defended by Lukwago but asked the court to ensure his client is not re-arrested outside prison like it was the case for MP Ssewanyana.
“I implore you to ask the government to respect that law this time and do not re-arrest Ssegirinya like they did to Honourable Ssewanyana,” Lukwago said.
His prediction however came true. Ssegirinya was whisked away by security officials to a yet to be identified destination. In a police statement dated September 27, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said the MP has also been rearrested on fresh treason charges.
“We want to inform the public that Hon Ssegirinya Mohammad has also been rearrested on fresh charges of treason and incitement to violence by the joint security task team of investigators,” Enanga said adding that he has been transferred to the Special Investigations Division, in Kireka for further statement recording and action.