Kawempe North MP-Elect Mohammad Ssegirinya Remanded to Kitalya

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Muhammad Ssegirinya appearing in the court dock.Kawempe North  Member of Parliament-Elect  Muhammad Ssegirinya has been remanded to prison, on charges of inciting violence.

Segirinya was arrested on Monday, March 22, 2021, from Mini Price, downtown Kampala during a protest organised to contest the outcome of the January 14, presidential election, and to demand the release of National Unity Platform supporters who are detained in various facilities across the country. 

He marched through the streets alongside others, holding placards with a list of names of those who are still held in custody. Many of them were arrested during campaigns and are still in detention. Free, Eddy Mutwe, read one of the placards, in reference to the Bodyguard of the former Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, who was arrested from Kalangala in December. 

Another placard listed Nubian Li, Bobi Wine’s music partner who was also arrested from Kalangala and later charged before the General Court Martial, among others. Nubian Li, officially known as Ali Bukeni was Kyagulanyi, is the person who presented Kyagulanyi before the Electoral Commission for Nomination, as he started his pursuit for the presidential seat.

This afternoon, the court presided over by Buganda Road Court Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu heard that the protests by Segirinya, and others still at large, tantamount to inciting violence against other persons. Ssegirinya denied the charges. 

His lawyers led by Shamim Malende attempted to apply for bail citing that their client was unwell. However, the Magistrate declined to hear their application on grounds that the court had several matters to attend to. Accordingly, she remanded Ssegirinya to Kitalya prison up to April 8, 2021. State Attorney Jackline Akao informed the court that the investigations were already complete adding that they will be conducting a trial on the said date.

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