Kawempe councilors storm out of meeting over MP Ssegirinya’ detention

Kawempe councilors

The Kawempe Division council meeting on Wednesday was cut short after councilors stormed out protesting the continued detention of Kawempe North MP Mohammed Ssegirinya.

Trouble started after division councilors led by the Namere Parish Councilor Andy Simon Kaweesa tabled a motion demanding for the immediate release of Ssegirinya who is an ex-official of the council.

Ssegirinya has been on remand since September 7 2021 when he was charged together with Makindye East MP Allan Ssewanyana and seven others with a string of charges including terrorism and murder, in relation to the machete killings in Masaka and Lwengo District that left more than 20 people dead and scores injured.

Kaweesa wanted the council to have a special session to demand the release of Ssegirinya which Speaker Justus Akampurira rejected saying that the council cannot discuss matters before the court.

However, councilors who included Tomas Bagonza of Wandegeya, Ali Ssenkunda of Kanyanya, and Muhammed Nsubuga of Makerere III stormed the Council hall holding three placards.

They were later joined by other councilors.

Counter-Terrorism police officers who were guarding Nyumbani Hotel, the venue of the meeting stormed the hall to arrest the councilors.

However, they were overpowered forcing them to fire bullets in the air to disperse the rowdy councilors.

The Kawempe Division Mayor Emmanuel Sserunjogi said that the councilors were executing their constitutional right to show their dissatisfaction over the continued incarceration of Ssegirinya.

Akampurira said that he was yet to guide the councilors on how to handle the situation but was surprised by the actions of the police.

Sarah Nakitto, the councilor of Mbogo and Kakungulu Zone vowed not to attend any council meeting until Ssegirinya is released.


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