• Oct 28, 2021 . 1 min Read
  • Parliament wants Ssegirinya to seek specialised care abroad

Parliament wants Ssegirinya to seek specialised care abroad
Umar Kashaka
Journalist @New Vision

Parliament wants the Kawempe North MP, Muhammad Ssegirinya, who has been bedridden for weeks, to seek specialised care abroad.

“If the member (Ssegirinya) is referred, we have the capacity to treat him in any part of the world. We are working with the responsible persons to see that he gets the best treatment,” Deputy Speaker Anita Among told the House sitting this Thursday.

“I can confirm that Hon. Ssegirinya is in hospital and we are working to ensure that he is referred and gets better treatment. There is no cause for alarm. We are working with the government in this regard,” the Bukedea Woman MP added.

Some opposition MPs led by their leader Mathias Mpuuga had earlier in the day visited Ssegirinya at the Murchison Bay section of Luzira Prison.

“We have had the opportunity to speak to Ssegirinya from the sickbay. I can confirm to the country that the Kawempe North MP is sick,” Mpuuga, the National Unity Platform’s vice-president in charge of the central region, tweeted.

He was in the company of MPs Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality), Joyce Bagala (Mityana Woman) and Joseph Ssewungu (Kalungu West).

Ssegirinya and his Makindye West counterpart Allan Ssewanyana, who is also on remand are facing several charges, including murder, attempted murder and aiding and abetting terrorism.

On October 25, the Masaka High Court said granting the two MPs bail would jeopardize investigations since they’re currently under trial.

Justice Lawrence Tweyanze said the lawmakers have the capacity to interfere with the investigations, including absconding from bail.

While applying for bail, the duo argued that they are suffering from grievous illnesses some resulting from torture by the security personnel, which cannot be effectively managed while under incarceration.

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