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We were tortured to pin Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana - co-accused

Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya arrive at court

Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya arrive at court

Five people who were jointly charged with MPs; Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana have said that they were tortured to implicate the MPs on charges of murder and terrorism.

The suspects revealed this today Thursday while appearing before the court presided over justice Jane Elizabeth Alidviza. The suspects are Jackson Kanyike, John Mugerwa, Bull Wamala, Mike Sserwadda, and Jude Muwonge.

In November, they were committed to face trial in the High court on charges of murder, attempted murder, aiding,  and abetting terrorism arising from the wave of machete killings that marred Masaka and Lwengo districts between March and June 2021 where more than 20 people lost lives.

When the matter came up for pretrial hearing today, the prosecution led by assistant director of public prosecutions (DPP) Lino Anguzu told court that they have been able to disclose part of the evidence they intend to use against the accused persons.

The court heard that postmortem reports of the deceased persons, sketch maps of the scenes of crime, and medical reports showing the state of mind of the accused person during the commission of the crimes have already been shared with the defense lawyers.

Lawyers of the suspects include Caleb Alaka, Evans Ochieng, Erias Lukwago, Shamim Malende, Samuel Muyizzi Mulindwa and Geoffrey Turyamusiima. The state attorney asked the court to be given more few days to share with the lawyers some of the remaining evidence.

But shortly after Anguzu made his plea, Kanyike one of the suspects told court that there is no evidence linking Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana to the Masaka murders. He alleges that he was tortured and taken to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) where he was told to pin the MPs. 

According to Kanyike he was tortured to the extent that he cannot sleep on both sides of his body and that he has since suffered incontinence diarrhoea. Mike Sserwadda, another suspect complained of heart complications saying he has never received treatment.

Ssegirinya sent people into laughter when he asked the court to issue an order to arrest the state attorney who has been handling the case saying that he has been playing tactics because he doesn't have any evidence against them. 

The judge advised the suspects' lawyers to file a formal application with court regarding the torture allegations. The case was adjourned to August 11 and the suspects were remanded further.

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+13 #1 A K Mukasa 2022-07-29 00:50
This is a state led by an individual who is hosted by nations that claim to respect the rule of law and human rights.

Entertained by religious leaders who claim to be practising Christians. The hypocrisy of the religious leaders is breathtaking. Bishop Sentamu who was was once the Archbishop of York and brother to one Pastor Kayanja another hypocrite, once cut his collar into two on British stating that he wouldn’t wear one again until Mugabe left power.

Has he ever said anything about the the abuse of human rights in Uganda his country of origin? NO. I always thought charity begins at home but obviously I am wrong!
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+9 #2 Harry 2022-07-29 04:21
the questions is: What heart of a leader can do this to people for almost 1 year without any remorse?
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+7 #3 Jose 2022-07-29 07:16
This country Uganda
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+7 #4 Lakwena 2022-07-29 07:22
In other words, Gen Tibuhaburwa, Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbors!

Otherwise, in the political history of this country; no regime has committed so much atrocity against innocent Ugandans, and maliciously imprisoned thousands than the NRM.
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+6 #5 Odongkara Bidong 2022-07-29 18:30
What do you expect from a country where it’s leaders got to power through walking over dead bodies, whose government spokesman is a certified thief and murderer.

When these facts are mentioned they rage to the extent of wanting to shoot the city mayor in full glare of a National television and you still expect something humane from such rascals?
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+3 #6 WADADA rogers 2022-07-29 20:59
Embarrassing indeed but that is our Uganda. In other jurisdictions, that is what we call 'the fruits of a poisonous tree". In other words, it is impossible to have none poisonous fruits from a poisonous tree
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+4 #7 ibra 2022-07-29 23:43
This is a regime that has been found out and shamed of tempering violently with witnesses to extract false evidence.

This first surfaced in the early days of the regime when Dr Kayiira was mysteriously murdered and the government made a mistake of calling in Scotland Yard to investigate.

The report was made public after 30 years under the freedom of information act and makes a damn reading in which the government tried to interfere with the white officers who were interviewing the witnesses.

The report found that the witnesses were no where near the scene of the murder, and were not at all involved in the murder or had any interest in having him murdered.

The report stopped short of pointing the finger at the state who had hired them. The world knows that the MPs and the tortured witnesses are are innocent people but the regime is evil and power drunk.
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