• Oct 10, 2021 . 1 min Read
  • MPs worried about Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana's health condition

MPs Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya during a remote court appearance.
Henry Sekanjako
Journalist @New Vision

Legislators on the Human Rights Committee of Parliament have asked the government to allow the detained Makindye West MP, Allan Sewanyana and his Kawempe North counterpart, Muhammad Ssegirinya access to special medical attention.

On Friday, the members led by Fox Odoi, the West Budama North MP visited the two legislators at Kigo Prisons and expressed concern over their health Condition.

The Human Rights Committee of Parliament decried the state under, which their colleagues are being held.

They want the government to jail the legislators in an appropriate medical facility where they can get adequate medical help.

The committee vice-chairperson and Kagadi Woman MP Jenipher Mbabazi, said that the two MPs are in pain especially Ssegirinya who is unwell.

Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju County MP, said that even with the pain the MPs are in, Kigo Prison has only a health centre III yet the MPs want specialised treatment, which they can’t access at the facility.

However, according to Frank Baine, the spokesperson of Uganda Prisons Service, the facility has all the necessary health care for the sick inmates saying those in need of special treatment are referred for specialized treatment.

The two legislators were arrested and detained on charges of murder, attempted murder and aiding and abetting terrorism for their alleged role in the Greater Masaka machete killings.

Although the two legislators successfully applied for bail, they were re-arrested by the joint security task force from the precincts of Kigo Prison shortly after being released on bail.

The re-arrest of the legislators triggered protests by the opposition in Parliament led by Mathias Mpuuga.

He led his team to boycott plenary sittings until their colleagues are produced in the courts of law.

However, following discussions with the Speaker, the opposition legislators called off their boycott and returned to Parliament.

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