Uganda: MP Ssekikubo Granted Bail

16 January 2020

The Lwemiyaga County Member of Parliament, Mr Theodore Ssekikubo, on Thursday gained freedom after the Masaka Chief Magistrate Deogratius Ssejjemba granted him a non-cash bail of Shs10m over fresh charges of inciting violence. His five sureties were each bonded Shs15 million not cash.

His sureties included; Ms Hanifer Kawooya (Woman MP Sembabule), Mr Mathius Mpuga (MP Masaka Municipality), Mr Patrick Nsamba (MP Kassanda North) and Edrisa Kabanda, the Buganda Kingdom Chief for Lwemiyaga Sub County.

Mr Ssekikubo was on Wednesday arrested just a day after he was released on bail by the same court on six charges including attempted murder which he allegedly committed in 2010.

He is facing charges including; unlawful possession of fire arms, engaging in acts calculated to cause death and inciting violence, and causing physical injuries to voters.

The charge sheet also indicates that the legislator engaged in acts of destruction of National Resistance Movement (NRM) property, obstructing Mr Stephen Okwi Okedi, the Sembabule District Police commander, and his junior, Mr Idi Kigenyi, who were on duty.

The offences were reportedly committed during the ruling NRM party primaries on August 02, 2010 when Mr Ssekikubo was contesting against Mr Patrick Nkalubo.

According to court records, Mr Ssekikubo incited members of the public to attack milk sellers on January 03, 2020 at Lwemiyaga trading centre thereby pouring milk hence inciting violence.

Prosecution led by Mr Ivan Nkwasibwe submitted that investigations had already been done with the witnesses ready to confess about the incident.

Mr Ssekikubo's supporters, however, reportedly did this in retaliation to Police's crackdown on livestock farmers who had attempted to take their cattle to Lwemiyaga cattle market for sale.

In this matter, they wondered as to why their colleagues dealing in milk were allowed to carry out business in a freely supposedly quarantined area.

Under the foot and mouth disease quarantine guidelines, all dairy products including meat, milk, butter and cheese are not supposed to be transported from the affected area to other areas.

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