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“Address Orders to Prisons in Writing”- MP Ssegirinya Tells Court

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Detained legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya has asked the court to begin addressing his orders in writing to prison authorities.

Ssegirinya made this statement yesterday while appearing before the grade one Magistrate in Masaka where they are held together with Allan Ssewanyana over murder charges.

“Maybe that is when they will enforce your order. My health is deteriorating. I do not know whether there will be anyone to educate my children when I die,” Ssegirinya pleaded.

The duos were last month committed to high court on at least seven counts which include charges of murder, terrorism, attempted murder, and abetting terrorism.

“Besides denied access to specialized treatment despite court orders,” Ssegirinya told court “he is imprisoned where he is not even allowed to see sunshine.”

“I am not even allowed to go for prayers with my fellow Muslim inmates. I pray that my rights are not violated,” the Kawempe North MP Ssegirinya said.

However, Magistrate Wakooli said she has no powers to officially write to prison authorities since she is sitting in for her worship Christine Nantege.

She reminded prison authorities that they are under obligation to uphold and respect human rights of all prisoners.

The magistrate subsequently ordered that detained MPs be allowed to practice religion and access to their relatives and lawyers.

Lead prosecutor Richard Birivumbuka stressed that Ssegirinya’s detention in a special room “rather indicates that he receives special treatment being MP.”

Prosecution alleges that the duo participated in the killing of Joseph Bwanika on August 3 at Kisekka B Village, Kisekka Sub-county in Lwengo District.

On December 7, Mr Birivumbuka asked for court adjournment reasoning that investigations over the accusations are incomplete.

In response, the accused’s lawyer Shamim Malende told court that the State should expedite investigations “given the situation in which her clients are in.”

In court, Ms Malende also said she is barred by prison authorities from holding physical engagements with her clients only made available on phone.

The Court hearing was however adjourned to December 21/ 2021 for further mention.

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Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.