Court summons frustrated Ssegirinya

Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court has issued a production warrant for jailed Kawempe North Member of Parliament, Muhammed Ssegirinya, over inciting violence.

In a letter dated October 13, 2021, the Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Her Worship Karungi Doreen Olga, wrote to the OC Superintendent Kigo Prison with instructions to produce the suspect in person on Friday October 15 by 9am.

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) charged Ssegirinya with the offence of inciting violence contrary to Section 51 of the Penal Code Act.

Prosecution alleges that between the months of August and September 2020 , Ssegirinya a resident of Kyebando in Kampala made statements on his Facebook fan’s page calculated to incite the public into violence.

According to the charge sheet issued by the DPP it states that Ssegiringa suggested there was a plot to assassinate his party president for the National Unity Platform (NUP) Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

It reads in part: ‘’I am warning those who are trying to assassinate Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu , what will happen will be 40 times worse than the 1994 genocide.’’

Judiciary mouthpiece Jameson Karemani says the warrant was issued because the embattled MP failed to appear in court on October 13, for the mention of this case.

Court summons frustrated Ssegirinya

‘’Because he was unable to attend court yesterday ,a production warrant was issued for him to appear and take plea.the law requires that once the charges are registered court will read them to him and this can only be done by issuing a production warrant to the prison to have him appear physically or virtually. ‘’

Currently, Ssegirinya and his colleague Makindye west Mp Allan Ssewanyana are locked up in jail on seven counts of murder, attempted murder, and terrorism.

They are on remand at Kigo government prison facility after their re arrest last week in connection to the recent spate of murders that occurred in Masaka sub-region.

These were eventually arraigned before Charles Yeistese, the Masaka Chief Magistrate who remanded them to prison until investigations are complete such that they face prosecution,however, their lawyers are working around the clock to ensure they are bailed out.

Compiled by Rashidah Nakaayi