• Oct 14, 2021 . 2 min Read
  • Court orders production of MP Ssegirinya over inciting violence

Ssegirinya is currently on remand at Kigo Government Prison (File photo)
By Barbra Kabahumuza and Farooq Kasule
Journalists @New Vision

The Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court has ordered the prison authorities to produce embattled Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya to answer charges of inciting violence. 

Ssegirinya is currently on remand at Kigo Government Prison on several counts of murder in relation to the recent spate of murders in greater Masaka.  

Grade One Magistrate Doreen Karungi Olga issued the production warrant on Thursday ordering that Ssegirinya is produced before court on Friday at 9:00 am to face the law on allegations of inciting violence. 

Prosecution alleges that between August and September 2020 in Kampala, Ssegirinya made statements on his face book page in the names of ‘Ssegirinya Muhammad FANS PAGE’ calculated to incite the public to participate in violence against the some section of the public. 

The charge sheet indicates that Ssegirinya allegedly posted on his Facebook page warning that what they will do here will be much worse than the 1994 Rwanda genocide. 

The 35-year old legislator had been earlier charged  with the offence after he led a team of youth to demonstrate in the city centre claiming that they were demanding for the victory of National Unity Platform  (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu a.k.a Bobi Wine suggesting that he had won the 2021 presidential elections.  

According to the final results released by the Electoral Commission (EC), President Yoweri Museveni won the race with 6,042,898 votes representing 58.38% while Kyagulanyi emerged second with 3,631,437 votes representing 35.08%. 

Dissatisfied with the results, Kyagulanyi petitioned the Supreme Court seeking to nullify the elections.  

He however withdrew the petition at the initiation stage of hearing it claiming that the court was biased.  Kyagulanyi promised to table the petition before the ‘public court’ for determination. 

The charge of inciting violence  

The offence inciting violence is contrary to section 50 of the Penal Code Act and a person convicted of the offence is liable to imprisonment for three years. 

The section dictates that any person, who, without lawful excuse, prints, publishes or to any assembly makes any statement indicating or implying that it would be incumbent or desirable to do any acts calculated to bring death or physical injury to any person or to any class or community of persons commits the offence. 

Who is Ssegirinya  

Ssegirinya, who was formerly a radio a caller, was born in 1988 in Butale- Kadugala in Masaka City. 

 In 2016, he was elected lord councilor representing Kyebando at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). 

In 2021, he was elected MP Kawempe North on National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket.

 

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