The Dead Silence: 427 Days and still no freedom for Ssewanyana MP and Ssegirinya MP

The bail application hearing for Legislators Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya has hit a snag due to the absence of a Judge. This after the legislators’ lawyer disclosed that their efforts to see their clients’ bail applications heard has yielded no results because no judge is willing to preside over the case” (NBS Television, 07.11.2022).

The murders of Greater Masaka of last year is still unresolved. The pending case of Allan Ssewanyana and Muhamad Ssegirinya is at a stand-still. There is no evidence, proof or witness to the alleged crime. The MPs has off today been in prison for 427 days and counting.

Everything that has been done to the MPs has been deliberate. They are pinned for crimes, which they are not involved or participated in. The National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs are targeted and has been charged with crimes they didn’t commit.

This process is just prolonged. They are not even trying to prosecute or a fair trail. Because, everyone knows it’s a mockery and they are pinned over political affiliation. The MPs are only there for one reason: They are part of the NUP. That’s it and the murders of Greater Masaka region was used as an excuse to arrest them.

The DCI/CID has nothing to show for it. They summoned them and the authorities has kept them behind bars ever since. However, everyone knows that these gentlemen aren’t the ones behind it or the killers themselves.

What is the saddest part of this, not only the injustice served towards the MPs. All the families in the Greater Masaka who never gets rest or peace. The real criminals and the ones behind the murders are getting with the crime. That is really clear here and these murders will not be solved. This is the second layer of injustice in this case.

This saga will continue. The last chapter isn’t written here, but what is likely is that MPs will be behind bars until 2023. If not longer… Peace.

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.

Ssegirinya MP is detained at SIU Kireka [and faces treason charges]

Fred Enanga: “We want to inform the public that Hon Ssegirinya Mohammad has also been rearrested on fresh charges of treason and incitement to violence by the joint security task team of investigators” (…) He has been transferred to the Special Investigations Division, in Kireka for further statement recording and action” (Uganda Police Force, 27.09.2021).

The MP isn’t only facing the charges in the murders of Masaka. Now, the Uganda Police Force is saying his facing treason charges as well. The state is clearly using all means against him. The National Unity Platform (NUP) MP is a target and that is evident. As there is no proof or evidence for it.

The UPF Spokesperson shows that the authorities had it all planned. As he was released on-bail and the first second of “freedom”. They arrested him again and now they are detaining him at the SIU Kireka. This will prolong his agony and lack of freedom.

The state is still not producing any proof, evidence or affidavits in-concern to the MP. Ssegirinya MP will face long time and more trials. The state is really pushing him. They didn’t Court Martial him, but this is evident that the state is making new charges and “treason” is something that keep him behind bars for a long time. In a way, where he is seen as a danger to society and that’s why they keep him without producing anything.

This is tragic, but how they do. A Joint Security Task Team had a plan and this is how they execute it. Instead of finding or investigating real criminals. They are using the authorities as means to politically intervene and make Ssegirinya MP an example of their impunity. Peace.

Ssegirinya MP kidnapped by a “drone” [and kept at a unknown location]

MP Mohammad Ssegirinya rearrested moments after being released from prison after being granted bail by court. Accused of murder, attempted murder and terrorism in relation to mysterious murders in Masaka. President Museveni on Sat said it is not right to release murder suspects” (Radio 4/103.3 FM, 27.09.2021).

Again and again, the authorities and security organization takes their freedom to obvious levels of impunity and injustice in the republic. This tends to happen to a chosen few and Members of Parliament who happens to big-deal opposition members. Therefore, Kawempe North MP Ssegirinya are now not only charged for murders in Masaka. He will be arraigned elsewhere as well.

That is why he was arrested by yet another security organization. If it is Chieftain of Military Intelligence (CMI) or Internal Security Organization (ISO). Heck, one of the army units could have done this today. Because, this are just preparing the MP to be arraigned before the Court Martial. As an excuse to keep him detained without any need to produce evidence or affidavits to prove his guilt or that he even committed crime in question.

The civilian courts cannot keep the “alleged” criminal forever without production of evidence or proof. The investigation has prove their crimes and not just keep them detained. This just proves how wrongly this is done.

The Police Force and the authorities are catching “criminals” but have no proof or evidence. Heck, their investigations are non-existent. Because, everyone knows these are just political ploys to hit one of their enemies. This is not the mastermind of the murders or behind the murders of Masaka. He was busy getting medical equipment in the Netherlands and upgrade the ambulances there. Therefore, the authorities and law enforcement is blind obedient bureaucrats with no functioning brains. Because, everyone knows what is going on and if their knobs are put together. They might able to pull a trick or two, but this isn’t it.

We have seen this game being played out before. The injustice and injustice is systematic. This was prepared and planned. As the state couldn’t keep him illegally detained in prison. They needed an excuse and the bail made it possible to re-arrest him. Therefore, this vicious means are how the state works.

This is putting the cart before the horse. They are making someone criminal before they have done the crime. By doing that… they are doing something illegal. Simply arresting and taking away someone’s freedom and liberty. Just because they have the authority and ability to do so. Still, that isn’t rule of law or justice. No, this is injustice and nothing else.

The Police and authorities aren’t catching the killers or assassins of Masaka. Instead they are keeping two MPs implicated for existing. This tragedy doesn’t seem to end. The tale for these two will last for months and there will plenty of trials. If not also lots of charges that the state cannot prove. Because it is taken out of thin-air and is as valuable as any of the President’s recent promises during the campaign. Peace.

Mr. Updates aka Ssegirinya MP still behind bars in Kigo Prison

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.

Ssewanyana MP kidnapped by a “drone” [and kept at a unknown location]

Reports coming in indicates that Hon. Allan Ssewanyana has been kidnapped at gun point at the entrance of Kigo Prison by gun totting operatives shortly after his release by Prisons authorities” (Baba TV Uganda, 23.09.2021).

Again, the injustice and impunity is shown to the world to see. The National Unity Platform MP Ssewanyana who is already facing serious charges pinned on him by the authorities. Have now been taken away by a “drone” or a “Panda Gari” which means they have him in a ungazetted safe-house or unknown location.

This is a total disregard for justice. As the MP have already been behind bars for two weeks and there been nothing produced to prove his guilt. That’s why you know him and his fellow MP have been politically targeted by the authorities. This isn’t anything new, but is just a mere prospect of what is happening in the Republic.

Ssewanyana MP could easily face torture and horrific pains in the hands of the fellow detail who is on his watch now. That is what has happened to others who has had this fate. Therefore, there is no relief or stop of the burden. The state isn’t even trying to show the burden of proof of the allegations made against him and his peer. No, they are just facing farcical trials and kangaroo courts, which is only symbolic.

Sooner or later this case will die down and the value of the prosecution will cease as well. The Masaka murders are still cold and the authorities have no leads there. If not they are shielding the killers to pin these MPs. That’s how sinister these acts are. You serve injustice to fellow citizens to let the ones behind the crimes free.

Ssewanyana MP will face trouble now and the Uganda Police Force will make some foolish accusations. The authorities will play the blame game and they will make “safety” assessment as a reason for the arrest on the gates of the Kigo Prison.

This only shows how the regime is working… and that they have no regard for “rule of law”. They only have time and ability to misuse the courts and the lives of the deceased. Which is all used as pawns for the greater schemes of things.

I pity the fools who believes this is good judgement. Because it is not. It only shows what sort of liberty and freedom, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) lives and strives for. 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.

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