Opinion: Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana charged by the DPP for doing their duty as Opposition MPs

Prosecutors say Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana had “political motives in that their objective was to discredit the government.” Assistant DPP, Lino Anguzo, said both lawmakers expressed their “bitterness for allegedly being robbed of their victory in the recently concluded elections.” (Chimp Reports – ‘Masaka Murders: Prosecutors File Call Logs, CCTV Footage to Pin Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya’ 24.11.2021).

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutors (DPP) clearly needs some education and some lessons in life. Since they are oblivious to the role of the Members of Parliament (MPs). Especially, the role of the opposition of the government.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs like Mohammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana is supposed to expose and show the bad side of the government. The NUP MPs are supposed to challenge the government and discredit it. These are National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs and allies of the government, who is there to kiss the ass of the King and be in the caucus to follow the regime own agenda. However, they are NUP MPs, which means they are in opposition of the set government.

It is only 16 years since the Multi-Party Democracy Referendum in 2005. So, the Movement System got defunct after being the sole-political system since 1986. Therefore, the DPP should know the rights of being opposition and being dissenting to the set-government of the Republic.

If these two MPs didn’t discredit or display dissent of the government, they wouldn’t do their job as Opposition MPs. They would be pawns and just shiny figure-heads in the general public. They would be as wasteful to the whole republic, as most of the Presidential Advisors or Cabinet Members for that matter.

It is not like the over a 100 Presidential Advisors does anything unique or sought after service. They just cashing in the checks or envelopes delivered to them. While the state seeks to pay rent for expensive offices in Kampala for them to nothing. This is what a Opposition MP would cry out loud about and the wastage of public funds. Therefore, they are supposed to discredit the government and what they are doing. If they are not doing that… then they are more waste of public funds, which is ironic, right?

The DPP and the ones using this excuse to hold them captive for the political prosecution of these MPs. They clearly have no evidence of their involvement or connection to the Masaka Murders. Since, the state cannot produce or prove anything. This is why discrediting the government becomes an issue. An issue which isn’t illegal and there is no law against it. That’s just how cronyism and nepotism destroys the government itself.

Soon, the same government will start to prosecute their own for dissent and take out the ones within the inner-circle who doesn’t kiss the ring and blesses the fountain of honour. The DPP is setting a bad precedence here. The moment anyone inside the offices falls out with the regime. They might be charged for the same reasons and kept behind bars for the “same crime”. Peace.

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