Muhammad Ssegirinya, the NUP flag bearer for Kawempe North Member of Parliament has today been released on court bail following the release of party leader Robert Kyagulanyi. The MP candidate together with the presidential candidate were grabbed by security forces last week and thrown in Nalufenya prison.
Ssegirinya, who scored only one vote in the recent race for the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Speaker was bundled into a minivan outside the gates of Nalufenya where he had joined a number of supporters and party members to demand the release of their party president.
He was charged with inciting violence through his live videos on social media under his Facebook page Ssegirinya Muhammad Fans Page during the arrest of Bobi Wine.
Ssegirinya has been released on a non-cash bail of Shs1 million and will return to court on December 15th 2020.
The arrests took place shortly after the city wide riots that transpired on Wednesday 18th November 2020 leaving a total of 49 people dead, businesses looted and government property vandalized. The clashes between the police led to a number of trending hashtags on social media including the #StopPoliceBrutality as Ugandans chastise the forces and Government on the way they handled citizens.
Hon. Kyagulanyi came out to speak against the acts of violence that took place during the riots, “I watched what has happened for the past three days while I was illegally detained at Nalufenya! It was then that I appreciated the full extent of the brutality meted out on Ugandans by security forces. I watched as armed, non-uniformed gangs roamed the streets of Kampala shooting indiscriminately at unarmed citizens.”
However, operations to capture these perpetrators are still ongoing with over 400 individuals already behind bars including one Emmanuel Ssimbwa Ssebuliba who was filmed battering Police officer ASP Consulate Kasule with a hammer during Wednesday’s riots. With the help of CCTV footage and various leaked videos and intelligence, the Police has managed to curb any further mayhem that could have resulted from the People power riots.