News & Up­dates:
October 28, 2021

The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has revealed that he had contacted the authorities holding the Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya about his Health condition.

He also advised the MPs to be cautious as they present concerns that may concern their colleagues who are under arrest.

The remarks by the Speaker follow concerns raised by Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake’s over the medical condition of Ssegirinya who is facing several charges of murder and terrorism.

MPs Allan Ssewanyana (NUP, Makindye West) and Ssegirinya were arrested last month over accusations of involvement in the murder of 26 people in the areas of greater Masaka by machete-wielding assailants and engaging in terror activities.

Oulanyah informed the House that Deputy Speaker Anita Among will visit the MP in the hospital to assess his condition.

He advised members against raising unnecessary escalation of the tension by raising sensitive matters on the floor of Parliament.

He encouraged them to embrace the administrative approach to resolving issues by reaching out to him.

“It is better that you bring matters like this to me so that I can handle them at an administrative level and avoid unnecessary escalation of the tension,” he said.

He was concerned that when certain statements are made on the floor of Parliament in a bid to show excessive concern over others, it sometimes jeopardizes the other channels that are used to resolve the issues.

Relatedly, Among told legislators that the Parliament leadership is working on having Ssegirinya, receive better treatment outside Murchison Bay prison, Luzira.

She reaffirmed Parliament’s commitment to work together with Government agencies to make sure that the legislator gets better treatment.

She confirmed that MP Ssegirinya was at Murchison Bay hospital undergoing treatment and that Parliament was working out a way to have him get better treatment if he is referred.

The Leader of Opposition (LoP), Mathias Mpuuga who had during the day visited the ailing MP reported that Ssegirinya was not well and urged Government to have him get better treatment.

On Friday 8th October 2021 the Human Rights Committee of Parliament led by Fox Odoi, the West Budama North MP visited the two legislators at Kigo Prisons and expressed concern over their health Conditions.

They asked the Government to allow the detained MPs access to special medical attention

However, according to Frank Baine, the spokesperson of Uganda Prisons Service, the facility has all the necessary health care for the sick inmates saying those in need of special treatment are referred for specialized treatment.

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