The Dead Silence: The two MPs – Sseginya and Ssewanyana – Bail dismissed after nearly 300 days in prison

UPDATE: The Court of Appeal has dismissed the bail appeal of Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana. Instead, the court has directed that the state expeditiously fixes their capital offences for trial” (NTV Uganda, 29.06.2022)

UPDATE: Court of Appeal has dismissed the bail application of Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana. The Court has instead directed the State to expeditiously fix their capital offences for trial” (Daily Monitor, 29.06.2022).

The Two MPs has been in the spotlight and behind bars for close to 300 (296 days since the summons of the DCI) days now. As the DCI summoned them in September 2021. Now in end of June 2022 the MPs are far from freed and the case is still pending. This shows how it is botched case and a political one, which nobody wants to touch.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs are targeted and charged for involvement in the Masaka murders last year. The panga or machete murders, which went on for a month and killed 18 people. The killers and the ones who was behind it was never taken in. However, the NUP MPs has become the scapegoats, because there is no proof or evidence of involvement. If the state or the prosecution had proof of the allegations and the charges. The state would have produced witnesses, affidavits and shown the conspiracy to a court. However, no one is doing anything about it.

This is just a travesty and injustice. The victims and their families isn’t getting justice served either. The ones that was murdered are used as a shield to keep these MPs behind bars. They are detained and charged for something I doubt that can ever prove, because I have a hard time believing these men would ever conspire to do such a thing.

Heck, Mr. Update was busy finding donors and help in the Netherlands to upgrade the hospital and medical equipment in his district. At the time of the murders. He tweeted about that and his dreams for the hospital. So, if you have forgotten about that. It is time to revisit the timelines and the stories around the time.

That’s why I know this case, which has soon been pending since September 2021 and is still ongoing. Seemingly there is no way out. It just shows how the state is going after its dissidents and pinning crimes on them, which they didn’t do. Peace.

The Dead Silence: The two MPs – Sseginya and Ssewanyana still behind bars without any proof of their criminal conspiracy in the Greater Masaka Murders of last year

Fear has increased in Masaka region after the panga-wielding assailants killed another man in Sembabule district. His death brings the number of murder victims to 18 in Greater Masaka Region in one month” (Urban Television, 27.08.2021).

The murders of the Greater Masaka area of last year has gone out of the folklore. The cases and pending evidence is lost. The momentum of the authorities, the DCI, the UPF and everyone is gone. The proof the alleged criminal conspiracy seems to be all made up. As the victims of the murders are not answered, the real culprits are on the move and the injustice served the opposition is getting ever so clear.

Instead of finding, arraigned and detain the ones who was behind the killings. The authorities did chose to use these murders and crimes to pin it on two popular National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs. These being Kawempe North MP Mohammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana. Who was summoned in September 2021 and is still behind bars to this day.

They are lingering in Kigo Prison and charged with murder and terrorism. While there is no proof of this. They have been pinned with these crimes, but the authorities has not provided any evidence or affidavit or anything else of that sort to prove it. What is striking is that one of the members was in the Netherlands when he was supposed to do it. He was ensuring his district to get medical aid and an ambulance as well. This was Ssegirinya MP, that’s how shoddy the case is and shows how political it was.

These has now carried the debt of the murdered people of Masaka, which at one point was estimated to be 30 murders. That is 30 people with families, friends and loved ones who are never seeing them again. Which is used to implicate and charge innocent men who isn’t participating in these crimes. The criminal conspiracy was done by someone else and is shielded since the state has used all resources to go after these two MPs.

This isn’t the first time or the last time the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has done this. No, they have done this before and the MPs are just a proof of how the state oppress its dissidents. The two MPs are treated as outlaws and terrorists, but that’s only happens because of their political affiliation and their popularity. Because, everyone with some sense knows that these two aren’t behind it all.

What is sad is that the Greater Masaka murders are never resolved. The ones who lost their lives was used as pawns in a political game and not for the greater good either. Just to prove a point and show who has the authority. Since the state has not let them off the hook and doesn’t seem intended to do so either.

This is the dead silence. No one is caring for the loss of lives, these people just died and life moved on. People are seeing their leaders taken away and they are forgotten about behind bars. That is the dead silence…

I wrote these final lines about the murders in August 2021 and it seems fitting today: “It is tragic and sinister… but that is how it seems and it’s not looking good. The murders after curfew seems to continue. Lives is at stake and these are untouchable assassins” Peace.

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.

The dead silence: Otafiire cannot help himself

“You forget that when the NRM dominated Masaka, there were no killings. Someone else is in charge of Masaka politically”Kahinda Otafiire (09.09.2021).

The murders and killings in the Greater Masaka region must be used as a ploy and a decoy. Instead of taking responsibility and go after the culprits. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its regime is on high alert to implicate the National Unity Platform (NUP). Which is obvious.

This is not a new tactic to implicate opposition and activists who are dissidents of the state in serious matters. No, that has been going as long as I can remember. The opposition and its leaders can easily become targets and become enemies of the state. That’s why they are aimed at and accused of the murders now.

We have been here before, the names and the party has changed, but the objective is the same. Implicate leaders and affiliates, claim the party is ill-advised and vilify it. While never ever going after the killers and assassins in question. No they are roaming free without any hesitation and can move to the next target. The ones with machetes and weapons to kill can buzz of into darkness. That what they do… while the NUP is blamed.

Kahinda Otafiire and the politicians blaming the NUP directly better come clear with evidence and proof. As Ofwono Opondo couldn’t help himself either on NBS Frontline yesterday. They were both implicating the NUP and doing a blatant attempt of criminalizing the opposition party and its members. That says it all really.

Not that I am shocked by this, but it shows what the state actors and high ranking officials are willing to do. They are doing this for the whole nation and republic to see. While there is no proof and it is deliberate to make a narrative to implicate innocent people in murders in Masaka.

What is tragic about yesterday is that we are supposed to forget when the NRM was running Masaka and when the opposition was campaigning that the Police Force or the army killed civilians following the opposition convoy. The NRM have killed and continues to do so. They don’t spare a life, but rather take it. This is at least how it seems to the naked eye. While they always blame the enemy. If it is Amin, Obote or now Bobi Wine, because it is never the Movement. Well, if it continues to happen… then it must be you!

This isn’t funny but injustice in action. Its obscene and outrageous. A clear aim at a political gain on another people’s tragedy. Instead of taking action to stop it or find the killers. You are making a political stand and assaulting a third party, which wasn’t involved in it in the first place.

We can act a fool, but this is just getting stupid. There is no redeeming factor in this. Only a sinister move to make the NUP the villain. That is the mere reality of this. The NRM isn’t any better and this is what they do. We could wish for better, but that is too much to ask. Peace.

The dead silence: Terrorism charges on the horizon for the two “suspected” opposition MPs

“Murder (Huh), mur—

Murder (Talkin’ ’bout a murder), mur—

Murder (Huh), mur— mur—

Murder (Check it out)” – UGK – ‘Murder’ 1996

We knew already last week that the gig was up. The state had already found their targets and the fall men. They just happened to be National Unity Platform (NUP) Members of Parliament. These are just framed for crimes they have not committed, and the Police Force just found the perfect excuse.

Because of the seriousness of the crimes, these will not be able to be out on bail or avoid prosecution. Even if it is all pinning crimes on innocent civilians like these gentlemen. This is the state using crimes they cannot solve to get dissident behind bars. That is all it is and it is just fitting. That’s why opposition leaders have been charged with treason and other serious counts of crimes. Alas, there has never been any resolve or proof of that matter. Still, the state has used its powers and kept them under leash with the charges pinned on them.

That why we know the drill and here is the latest:

“ Police have said some of the suspects arrested recently over the gruesome murders in Masaka sub-region have implicated MPs Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana of planning the terrorism acts” (…) ““The suspects indicated to us how they were promised wealth and this was under the command of the two politicians. We are going to record statements from the two MPs who are behind the murders,”Enanga said.“The statements from suspects indicate that in a meeting at Ndeeba, they were recruited and all was done under the command of the two politicians. We want explanation from them.”” (Kenneth Kazibwe – ‘MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana planned Masaka murders in Kampala, says Police’ 06.09.2021, Nile Post).

This here shows that the Police and the Authorities was predetermined to pin the crimes on the individuals in question. Doesn’t matter, if it is true or not. What matters is to get them behind bars and that they must fight for their freedom. Even when there is no proof or evidence of their involvement in the matter. It is just hearsay and rubbish, which the state uses to forge it all. They are creating more injustice, instead of finding the culprits and the ones who are behind the murders. That says something about the current affairs and what the state is willing to do.

They are willing to create political prisoners out of a tragedy and a massacre. The state is willing to pin these murders and call them conspirators of it. While the men and leaders behind it is roaming free. They rather shield the assassins and killers, than capture them. That’s what the state is doing and show how sinister it is. This is no joke and all the victims are mocked by this. The trial, the charges and the whole charade is a mockery of rule of law. As it is penalizing innocent men to damage the hurt of a state who cannot capture the real criminals.

They rather let the gangs of machetes, the gang on the boda-boda’s and the mercenaries of the state run free. Than actually try to find  them and put them behind bars. It is easier to take down two MPs who are dissidents and make them felons. That says a lot about how far the state goes and how little it takes to become a criminal in the state. When you are a target and it’s justified to arrest you over nothing. Just because you associate and work for the opposition. That is enough grounds to pin other people’s crimes on you. The murders of Masaka is now on these gentlemen. Even when they got nothing to do with it. It really says it all about the lack of professionalism and care for the law within the ranks of authority. When they are willing to do this and use their force in this manner. It isn’t shocking, but a tragic result nevertheless.

The ones that has died and their remaining families are also insulted in this. As they remain and lives are connected to innocent civilians who shouldn’t answer for the crimes committed against them. The dead cannot speak and neither has the families of the deceased any resolve to make a difference. Alas, this is a farce and forgery. It is targeted ploy to get two MPs behind bars. Nothing else and the dead is served even more injustice, as the culprits and the ones who sanctioned their demise is running free. Peace.

The dead silence: DCI summons Ssegirinya and Sssewanyana MP for the Greater Masaka murders [a fiasco finds two fall men]

The murders of Greater Masaka area have gone on for over a month. The state and authorities has issued their stances. The Uganda Police Force and even the army have been deployed. They have suddenly been out and guarded parts of the region. However, there haven’t any official statement or proof of finding evidence or the culprits of all the murders in the Greater Masaka Area.

Now it’s all official, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have summoned two National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs. These are the high profiled individuals of Kawempe North MP Mohammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana. It is striking that it’s them and just shows what the state does.

The MPs have to both appear at Masaka Police Station on Monday 6th September 2021, as the DCI is investigating the murders in Greater Masaka during August 2021. So, this is the state pinning popular and dissenting MPs. These are not involved or implicated in any way or fashion in the murders of Greater Masaka. However, that is perfect sort of way of maliciously finding means to charge and sentence them.

This is the Police Force trying to frame these two MPs for the murders. They are trying to make these as masterminds. What is striking about Mr. Updates is that he was in the Netherlands working for his constituency while they summoned him. That shows how stupid the whole thing. It just shows what the state is willing to do.

We know this is political prosecution and not actually finding the killers or gangs with machetes going on a rampage in Greater Masaka region. No, they are just making a mockery of the law and trying to implicate some opposition leaders. There is nothing else to this and it’s not even funny. It just shows how naked the system is.

As their “investigation” goes suddenly to two Kampala NUP MPs. This is just hogwash and rubbish. Everyone know this and they are just trying to find someone to pin it on. These are not criminal masterminds, but Kampala legislators. They are not hoodlums or gangsters. No, they are just vocal dissidents of the regime and this regime is now haunting them for no apparent reason.

Instead of actually going after the ones that is killing, the groups with machete and finding the killers. They are targeting innocent civilians and MPs who has nothing to do with it. That says a lot about the waste of resources and use of police officers in this investigation. They could have tried find and look after the evidence. However, that is out of the picture and they rather just make it a farce.

The DCI isn’t serious with this. They are used as a political weapon to destroy and find means of silencing the opposition. The authorities are using the murders now to implicate dissidents. While they should go after killers and the ones who issued the orders. That they are not doing, which just happens to be their original job. This is their mandate, but they prefers being a tool for oppression. Peace.

The dead silence: The murder sprees of Greater Masaka Region

Fear has increased in Masaka region after the panga-wielding assailants killed another man in Sembabule district. His death brings the number of murder victims to 18 in Greater Masaka Region in one month” (Urban Television, 27.08.2021).

At this current time and age it is not like the authorities or the government has the trust of the Republic. To the contrary they despise and distrust them. The Uganda Police Force and all other state organized security organization can be put into question. As their main interests isn’t securing the general public’s safety, but keeping the system and regime alive.

That’s why so many murder cases are cold. There are so many who is supposed to be resolved and answered. However, they are all left in a office and forgotten in a folder there. The police isn’t investigating or finding the needed evidence to solve the cases. No, these murders and killings are happening with no consequences.

This has happened over the years. There been both high ranking officials and known leaders who has been killed. When these are not solved or answered for. Then what the ordinary or innocent civilians dying as well this way? Well, they are just collected as numbers and forgotten eventually. As there is one outrage to another outrage. It is from one scandal to another.

One month it is boxers and another Muslim clerics. Right now its people living in the Greater Masaka region. Before it was woman who was kidnapped and killed in Entebbe town. In between that the ones associated with National Unity Platform (NUP) and People Power Movement was targeted. Just like the ones who was part of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was taken in and extra judicially killed too. Therefore, this isn’t new…

What is happening in the Greater Masaka Region is tragic. That 20 lives has been taken within a month. We cannot expect these to be solved or the families knowing who killed their family member. That is too much to ask. When MPs and High Ranking Officials are dead with no trace too. If the gangs or on motorcycles or using machetes. It doesn’t matter. They are allowed to roam around and do their bidding.

These sorts of gangs has been allowed to this before without any retaliation. There been blazing words and promises. However, they have been allowed to go to the next target and promised to be silent for a hot minute. Because, the outrage and the fear has to die down. Before they find the next victim and kills more. That is how it looks and these folks never serve time or is charged in the courts.

They can go around and make people suffer. If they we’re part of BodaBoda2010 or the Flying Squad. If these are LDUs or Crime Preventers in the past. God knows… but what we do know is that they are allowed and they can kill. They are assassins and murdering civilians without any consequences.

That’s why suddenly like the murders was happening in the Greater Masaka Region. These will stop as well. Just like they stopped over night targeting Muslim clerics and Woman in Entebbe. The same will happen in Masaka. As the group will leave and their job was done.

The same gentlemen who killed will be able to find work and operate elsewhere. These will find another safe-haven and a den of thieves to enjoy their spoils. While they are awaiting orders of more executions and murders. That is how these things goes and it seems to be legit for them. They know the drill and await their turn.

It is tragic and sinister… but that is how it seems and it’s not looking good. The murders after curfew seems to continue. Lives is at stake and these are untouchable assassins. Peace.

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