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MP Ssegirinya released on bail, rearrested

Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya released from jail

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya has finally been released on bail, and again rearrested by security operatives, the Daily Express reports.

Segirinya whose release backfired last week was finally set free on Monday morning by the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala.

The MP is jointly charged with his Makindye West Counterpart Allan Sewanyana in connection to the machete murders in the greater Masaka area.

Both MPs had been granted a cash bail of Shs 20million each early last week, however, Ssegirnya’s release had been delayed on technicalities.

According to his lawyer Shamim Malende (who is also Kampala Woman MP), Hon Ssegirinya couldn’t be released from Kigo Prison because one of his sureties Hon Francis Zaake, left the country shortly after the bail ruling.

As such, the MP remained in jail until this morning when his legal team organized a surety replacement.

“In the light of this matter, our legal team has been working out to see how the matter can be resolved and today, Hon. Nsanja Patrick has substituted Comrade Zaake in standing as Surety for Hon. Ssegirinya” announced the Opposition National Unity Platform party after the release.

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However, Ssegirinya’s freedom just like his colleague Ssewanyana was again rearrested. He was reportedly pulled out of his lawyer Shamim Malende’s car just outside the gates of Kigo Prison where he had just been released and has been taken to an unknown destination by security operatives clad in black attire.

“Hon Segirinya pulled out of my car as we exit Kigo prison and taken to an unknown destination by security operatives clad in black attire,” Malende who is also Kampala Woman MP said in a Facebook post today.

Following his arrest, the UPDF came out on Friday and revealed that Hon Sewanyana was facing fresh charges unrelated to the Masaka murders.

They face charges of terrorism, aiding and abetting terrorism, murder and attempted murder, all in connection with the Masaka killings.

Meanwhile, Lukwago today revealed that he managed to talk to Ssewanyana at the Office of the Investigations Officer Det. ASP Matanzima at Police’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka.

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“Have finally managed to speak to Hon. Allan Ssewanyana at the office of the I.O Det. ASP Matanzima at SIU Kireka, where he had been transferred for purposes of recording a new statement following his abduction and detention incommunicado,” Lukwago said.

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