“The absence of Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake has caused his Kawempe North counterpart Muhammad Ssegirinya to stay in jail. This is because Zaake committed himself to stand surety for Ssegirinya who is facing murder and terrorism charges but today, he was not available to append his signature on the release form such that Ssegirinya can gain temporary freedom. Ssegirinya was jointly arrested together with Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana on September 7th 2021 and taken to Masaka Magistrates Court on charges of murder and terrorism arising from the recent killings of people using machetes in Masaka. They were remanded to Kigo Prison” (97.8 Kazo FM Omushomesa, 23.09.2021).
We should worry that Muhammad Ssegirinya MP has been behind bars for over two weeks. The MP has been behind bars for 16 days. The MP was also allowed bail or temporary freedom in the Courts on the 20th September 2021. This means he could have produced and freed three days ago.
Who knows why his mate and MP Francis Zaake haven’t showed up today. We could worry that Ssegirinya would have suffered the same fate as Ssewanyana today. As he was picked up by a “drone” and taken to an unknown location.
For now we know where Mr. Updates resides. Yes, this is impunity and injustice at it’s highest order. The state is keeping him detained with no burden of proof of his guilt. There is no strong or credible evidence pinning the MP in the crimes charged against him. That’s why we know this is a political motivated case and not a “criminal” matter. He is just a victim of his allegiance and what he represents, which is differing from the ruling regime.
In some concern it is better to know that Ssegirinya is in Kigo Prison. That knowing he could be picked up by random authorities to unknown locations. He could be taken to ungazetted safe-houses and be tortured. Which is something the MP has suffered from before. Therefore, it is maybe even a sad relief that he is left behind today.
Both MPs will not get a fair trial and neither any serious case against them. This a political hackwork to keep them behind bars. They are falsely charged and the state will prolong the agony of the dissenting MPs. Peace.