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Opposition MPs Vow Not To Attend Parliament Until, Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya Produced In Courts

The Opposition MPs have resolved not to attend until MPs, Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya are produced in courts of law.

Yesterday opposition MPs led by their leader, Mathias Mpuuga walked out of parliament in protest against the re-arrest of fellow legislators Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana.

They have also demanded the Attorney General explain the re-arrest of the legislators and also explain the whereabouts of other opposition supporters who have been in detention for a while.

The Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka told parliament that the two legislators will soon be arraigned in courts of law but insisted that they can be re-arrested as many times as the offences they commit.

Kawempe North’s Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana(Makindye West) who had just been granted bail by court were re-arrested by security travelling in Toyota Hiace vehicles commonly referred to as “drones” outside the Kigo prison premises in a manner that has been condemned by many.

The statement didn’t augur well with opposition legislators led by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga who then stormed out of parliament.

Mpuuga said he found the statement by the Attorney General disturbing and legally scandalous and consequently withdrew his team from the debate he said considered vulgar.

The Opposition members of parliament have now resolved not to attend sittings until the legislators are produced in courts of law.
“We can’t be here legislating when the state is violating the rights of our own Members of Parliament. It should not be business as normal,”Mpuuga said.

Consequently, Mpuuga was joined by Kira Municipality legislator, Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda who introduced a motion to have the parliamentary sitting suspended until their colleagues have been released.

Ssemuju was, however, asked by the Speaker Oulanyah to formally notify the Office of the Speaker before moving the motion

The Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said on Monday that the re-arrest of the two legislators was connected to fresh treason charges that they are supposed to answer.

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