“According to one source, the Chief Justice may have knowingly or unknowingly been preparing the public for possible release of Mr Ssewanyana and Mr Ssegirinya. Another source said the Leader of Opposition was in court in person yesterday because he likely had prior information the legislators would be granted bail. Mr Mpuuga last evening denied any clandestine engagements, or bargains. Highly-placed sources said the protracted negotiations culminated in a senior government executive meeting the accused lawmakers last month. Insiders said the state has information against MPs Ssewanyana and Ssegirinya regarding their alleged dealings with overseas Ugandan-born cardiologist Aggrey Kiyingi reported to be their financier” (Tabu Butagira & Anthony Wesaka – ‘How MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana walked to freedom’ 14.02.2023, Daily Monitor).
Yesterday, the news of the release of Ssewanyana MP and Ssegirinya MP from Kigo Prison. They have been in prison since September 2021 which means they have spent 18 months in arrest. Their case has been stalled, stopped and never produced anything substantial. While keeping them in prison.
They are the epitome of political prisoners and that was the case from the on-set. Since the charges and the case, itself was fabricated to implicate them in sinister crimes. These two was supposed to be behind the murder spree in the Greater Masaka region, which to this day haven’t been resolved. These murders are left cold and no answer to who is behind the killings there. Only that these was used as an excuse to arrest and detain the two opposition MPs.
That’s why they have started and claimed now that the Ugandan-Australian Doctor Aggrey Kiyingi, the failed Presidential Candidate and opposition figure are behind them. That just shows the incompetence and lack of basic knowledge. When they are doing whatever to create conspiracy and tales to keep the arrested. Instead, of knowingly investigate the matter and track down the ones that did the murders. Because that is the forgotten story in this shady political quagmire created by the state.
The MPs have been incarcerated for no apparent reason. That’s why the state could negotiate their release or bail. While on bail they would still have to report and be called in for the Courts. The case isn’t closed or seized from existing. The charges and the case are still pending. Just that they are released from prison. Which means the state can still prosecute them and find means to stifle their liberty.
We have seen how the state is using old cases from all across the Republic to stop campaigning or even participate in political activity of opposition leaders. This being Besigye or Lukwago called in for year old cases in up-country. The same can easily happen to the two MPs. If the case stands, and they got to answer a summons. These two just must appear and answer for it. Even if there are no new affidavit, evidence or anything substantially produced for the matter. They still must comply and be subjects to the courts. That’s just how the game is rigged against them.
So, trust me… they are temporarily free. They will face the courts again and the case is pending. They are out on bail and not exonerated or acquitted from the case. No, they are just out of the pen, but the state can easily access them again.
This is just the beginning and we have seen what the state has done for 18 months. They will not let this one slide. The state got them where they want them. These two will not feel much relief or peace. Because the state intends to make them suffer. Not because they have done anything, but for a simple reason: To make an example of out of them and show the detractors what could happen to them. Peace.