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Sekikubo charged

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th August 2010 03:00 AM

LWEMIYAGA MP Theodore Ssekikubo has been charged with several counts, including obstructing the Police on duty, possessing an illegal arm and theft.
A Masaka court last evening heard that the MP stole five basins, five pens and five exercise books of 96 pages valued at sh27,000.

LWEMIYAGA MP Theodore Ssekikubo has been charged with several counts, including obstructing the Police on duty, possessing an illegal arm and theft.
A Masaka court last evening heard that the MP stole five basins, five pens and five exercise books of 96 pages valued at sh27,000.

By Ali Mambule, Masaka

LWEMIYAGA MP Theodore Ssekikubo has been charged with several counts, including obstructing the Police on duty, possessing an illegal arm and theft.
A Masaka court last evening heard that the MP stole five basins, five pens and five exercise books of 96 pages valued at sh27,000.

Ssekikubo and his bodyguard, John Alex Mugabi, were produced before chief magistrate Moses Katoroogo. They denied the charges.

The court said Ssekikubo obstructed two Police officers, Iddi Kigenyi and ASP Okwi Okedi Stephen, who were on duty at a polling centre in Lwemiyaga.
The magistrate, however, said the charges, though of high profile, were bailable.

“I instruct that you be released,” Katoroogo ordered, drawing loud cheers from Ssekikubo’s supporters who jammed the courtroom.

Katoroogo granted the accused bail of sh200,000 each, but gave them two days to pay up.

“Well aware that you have been brought to court when it is already past six, I will grant you a grace period of two days to effect payment of the court bond since all banks are now closed,” Katoroogo said.

Ssekikubo was arrested on Tuesday when he went to the CID headquarters in Kibuli to answer summons against him. The arrest followed chaos that had erupted at Sembabule playground on Monday that resulted into the shooting of Habiib Nsamba.

Although Nsamba’s life is out of danger, doctors said he will never get a child if he has not yet because his private parts were severely damaged.

After leaving court, Ssekikubo told The New Vision: “If Kuteesa thinks that he is powerful, let him prove it in a free and fair election.”

He said he would demand the nullification of the Sembabule poll.
He vowed not to forsake his supporters’ rights to vote not only in Lwemiyaga but in Sembabule district.

Foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa is a long-time political rival of the MP, who accuses him of messing up the elections in Lyemiyaga. “It’s high time President Museveni intervened in Sembabule district NRM wrangles.

“If such a situation has come up now, what will happen when elections for the party flag-bearers and the general elections come?” Ssekikubo asked.

The polls turned chaotic after Ssekikubo questioned the exclusion of Lwemibu and Kampala Gamba parishes from participating in the district NRM elections. The MP comes from Lwemibu.

The situation turned rowdy when Ssekikubo tried to block the election process. Voters scampered to safety as gunfire rocked the area.

Shortly after the Police had cancelled the elections, Kuteesa mobilised his supporters and instructed Sembabule district NRM registrar Emmanuel Sekimpi to conduct the elections in which he was declared winner.

Earlier this year, Ssekikubo said he would contest Kuteesa’s seat and the post of NRM secretary general held by security minister Amama Mbabazi. Ssekikubo and Mugabi will reappear in court on September 7.

Sekikubo charged

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