There was drama at Buganda Road Court today when Ms. Justine Nakajumba mother to the detained Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya broke down in tears begging president Museveni to pardon her son after he was further remanded to Kigo Prison.
She has asked Museveni to forgive her son on grounds that he’s too sick to be in prison.
Mr Ssegirinya had appeared before Buganda Road Court Grade one magistrate, Ms Doreen Karungi via Zoom and denied the offence of inciting violence slapped against him early this year.
He was further remanded to Kigo government prison until October 29, 2021 after the state prosecutor Ms Judith Nyinamwiza informed court that investigations into the case are still ongoing.
After the magistrate’s pronouncement, Ssegirinya’s mother, Justine Nakajumba broke down, wailing and asking the state to pardon her son who has been in prison for weeks on separate charges of murder, attempted murder, aiding and abetting terrorism in connection a recent spate of killings in Masaka sub region which claimed close to 30 lives.
“Why? Why? Why? Please pardon my son. President Museveni please forgive my son, Ssegirinya. I beg you. He’s in so much pain and sick to continue being detained. I no longer eat food ever since he was arrested and remanded,” Ms Nakajumba screamed.
Ssegirinya’s further remand comes after the magistrate yesterday ordered authorities at Kigo Government Prison to produce the remanded MP in court today 15th/10/2021 after slapping more fresh charges against him.
Ssegirinya was accused of posting on his Facebook fans page a massage allegedly calculated to incite the public against a section or group of Ugandan population while relating it to the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Ssegirinya and his Makindye West counterpart, Allan Ssewanyana are expected to appear in court on October 27 as investigations into their Masaka case continue.
However, Mr Erias Lukwago and Kampala Woman MP Shamim Malende who are the lawyers to the legislators argue that the allegations against the two MPs are politically motivated.