October 20, 2021

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Ssewanyana re-arrested at Kigo prison

MP Allan Ssewanyana

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Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana was rearrested outside Kigo Prison minutes after being released on bail.

The lawmaker had spent more than two weeks after he was remanded together with Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya by Masaka Chief Magistrate’s court for having a hand in killings in Greater Masaka sub region that left close to 30 people dead.

They were charged with six counts, including murder, attempted murder and aiding and abetting terrorism.

They later applied for bail and court granted them but did not leave prison because it was too late for their lawyers to pay Shs40m bail fees.

While leaving prison on Thursday evening, joint security forces grabbed Ssewanyana on new charges against the Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) legislators, forced him into a grey Nissan van (a drone) on gun point and drove away.

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, told Daily Monitor that Ssewanyana was taken to Kireka and he is safe.

Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, Dr Kizza Besigye, condemned the re-arrest which he described as outrageous abuse of rights and the violation of the rule of law with impunity.

“Having completed all the requirements to be released on bail from Kigo Prison, Hon Allan Ssewanyana emerged from the prison gates this evening; was promptly grabbed by armed men in black uniforms; thrown in a van (commonly called DRONE) and taken to, yet unknown, destination! This outrageous abuse of rights and the violation of the rule of law, with impunity calls on every Ugandan to protest and resist this NRM/M7 Junta rule. Today it’s Allan; tomorrow, it’ll be you!” the four-time presidential contender tweeted.

NUP president, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, said the MP is just one of the many Ugandans who have been ‘abducted’ using the infamous drone and detained in unknown places.

“Last night, Hon. Allan Ssewanyana a Member of Parliament (NUP) was abducted outside Kigo prison by gun wielding men after being granted bail by court. Driven to unknown place in the infamous ‘drone’ car! How thousands of our people have been abducted under the cover of the dark! A few weeks ago, Dictator Museveni came out to posture about human rights! We told him it was just a matter of time, he would be exposed. In no time, his men were at it again- torturing, abducting and murdering people. All Ugandans have an urgent duty to bring this to an end,” he tweeted Friday morning.

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