Kawempe North MP-elect, Muhammad Ssegirinya has finally been granted a cash bail of Shs3m.
His sureties were each bonded Shs50m, not cash, by Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Ssegirinya who has been on remand in Kitalya prison following his arrest on March 22 for inciting violence.
He is expected to return to court on May 12, for further hearing of the case.
He held a peaceful demonstration demanding for the release of National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters being held incommunicado by security operatives.
Flavia Musiimenta, the officer in charge of Mini Price police post in Kampala told the trial magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu that she was compelled to order the MP’s arrest because a group of youth who were following him were pelting stones at police officers.
His release comes days after the Electoral Commission filed a reply to Sulaiman Kidandala’s election petition in which he had asked court to overturn Ssegirinya’s victory.
Kidandala last month petitioned the High Court in Kampala challenging Ssegirinya’s victory on grounds that he does not possess the required minimum academic qualification of an MP.
However, the Electoral Commission in their response to court last month said Kidandala is not entitled to any of the reliefs sought because Ssegirinya’s nomination and election was conducted in compliance with the provisions and principles laid down in the Electoral Laws of Uganda.
According to the affidavit of Barbra Mulimira, the returning officer of Kampala Electoral District; at the time of nomination, Ssegirinya presented a duly filled nomination form accompanied by academic qualifications of UCE (Senior 4) and UACE (Senior 6) both in the names of “Ssegirinya Richard” from Pimbas Secondary School and a Deed Poll for changing of names from “Ssegirinya Richard” to “Ssegirinya Muhammad”.