MPs Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Segirinya’s case takes a new shocking twist
The case of Makindye West MP Hon Allan Ssewanyana and Kawempe North MP Hon Muhammad Segirinya has taken a new twist. This is after a court ruling in the International Crimes Division (ICD) refused to consolidate their two murder cases filed against them
Through their lawyers led by the lord mayor Erias Lukwago, the two MPs had requested the judge Justice Alice Komuhangi to combine the case at the ICD with the one at Masaka High Court. These argued that separating the two cases was unconstitutional and it would also deny their clients a speedy and fair trial.
Justice Komuhangi however denied this request and ordered for the cases to be tried differently. She stated that the the two case files have different accused persons.
Further, she ruled that consolidation is a preserve of civil procedure (civil matters) and unheard of in criminal law and procedure (criminal matters). Kampala woman MP Hon Shamim Malende who is part of the duo’s legal team revealed that hearing for the pair’s bail application will be on 3rd October 2022.
“Hon Segirinya and Hon Ssewanyana have been denied the opportunity to have their criminal cases consolidated at ICD court.This means they will stand trial at ICD court as well as Masaka court. Mention on their bail application has been fixed for 3/10/2022.”
This will be the fourth attempt the MPs are applying for bail but all have been denied. The only time they had gained bail saw them bundled onto drones and taken back to jail on new charges NUP claims are trumped up.
The pair together with 5 others have now spent a year behind bars after they were arrested in September 2021. This was in relation to a spate of murders that occurred in the Greater Masaka region that left over 50 people dead.