MP Theodore Ssekikubo remanded to Masaka Central Prison Over murder charges committed 10 years ago
MP Ssekikubo has been arrested and remanded over an offence he committed 10 years back. At 7 am on Monday 13th, January 2020, Ssekikubo friends, supporters and family had already camped at Masaka Police Station in huge numbers.
As time went on, many began losing patience because for the time they had stayed at the Police Station, they had not seen their man Ssekikubo with others shading tears, and in the process, one individual fainted.
After a while, some individuals including his lawyer, Medard Lubega Ssegona began demonstrating to show their dissatisfaction over the arrest and detention of Ssekikubo past the 48 hours stated in the law.
“What we want is that if someone commits an offence, it’s fine but treat him as the law commands,” Ssegona said.Tweet
Then shortly Ssekikubo was transferred from Masaka Central Police Station where he was detained to Masaka Chief Magistrates Court and arraigned before Judge Deogratius Ssejjemba on Monday.
Amidst fully packed courtroom and the many who were outside the courtroom, Ssejjemba read 6 counts to Ssekikubo one of them was obstructing Police Officers on duty that includes Okwi Okedi, the Ssebabule District Police Commander and his junior, Idi Kigenyi, engaging in acts calculated to cause death, inciting violence, causing physical injuries to voters, unlawful possession of firearms, destruction of NRM Party properties that includes pens and basins.
Ssekikubo committed the offences in August 2010 but in all the counts, Ssekikubo pleaded not guilty.
In the charge sheet, Ssekikubo while allegedly armed, threaten the then NRM returning officer in Ssebambule District, Emmanuel Ssekimpi with violence.
The offences were committed in August 2010, during the ruling NRM party primaries at the time Ssekikubo was contesting against Patrick Nkalubo.
Ssejjemba then read the seventh count of attempted murder before the State Attorney, Aminah Akasa interjected, informing the court that the charge had been dropped.
Ssegona said his clients have been detained in Police Station for many hours and therefore he needs to be bailed out.
“The accused person has been incarcerated since Friday last week on 10th, January 2020. He knows the implications, himself being a lawyer,” Ssegona said.Tweet
Ssegona then attempted to secure bail for his client Ssekikubo by presenting sureties who are Ssekikubo’s fellow lawmakers that include Babirye Kabanda, Masaka District Woman legislator, Florence Namayanja of Bukoto East, Hanifah Kawooya, Woman MP Ssebambule District, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Buyaga west legislator, Johnson Kamugisha, and Lwemiyaga Sub-County District Councillor.
But the judge denied him the bail under claims that the lawmaker does not respect court orders. The Chief Magistrate agreed with her noting that in 2010 Ssekikubo jumped bail.
“We are waiting to hear the evidence to be presented by the witnesses. So, we can’t know what kind of evidence they will present, until they present them,” Ssekikubo’s lawyer, Ssegona said.Tweet
After, Ssekikubo was remanded to Masaka Central Prison until Tuesday 14th, January 2020 when he will appear again in court for the mention of his case.
Many of his supporters thought that Ssekikubo would be freed on Monday which did not happen.
Ssekikubo was arrested last week on Friday morning 10th, January 2020, amidst a scuffle between Police and herdsmen who attempted to force their way into Lwemiyaga cattle market and sell their animals.
The scuffle followed a week after Police closed the market due to a reported outbreak of cattle mouth and foot disease that struck the area.
But ssekikubo and other herdsmen claimed that the quarantine placed on Lwemiyaga county was wrong because the area is free from foot and mouth disease.
They as well said that some areas of the district that are under quarantine have been allowed to continue selling their animal products like milk and ghee, which is discriminatory.
Ssekikubo has since blamed his current woes on Gen Elly Tumwine, the Security Minister of enforcing the quarantine to create a monopoly and gain more profits from cattle sells along with his business allies at the expense of local livestock farmers.
Ssekikubo claims that although there hasn’t been any confirmed case of the foot and mouth disease in Lwemiyaga county, security agencies have insisted on closing cattle markets in total disregard of the provision of the Animal Diseases Act that only mandates the Commissioner Animal Health to issue such directives.
At first, Ssekikubo was charged with assault, inciting violence and malicious damage to property at Masaka Central Police Station which was then dropped on Sunday and preferred the earlier cases committed in 2010.