The Masaka Chief Magistrate’s Court has charged the Kawempe North MP Muhammed Ssegirinya and his Makindye West colleague Allan Ssewanyana with murder before remanding them to Kitalya prison until the 15th of this month in connection to the Masaka killings.
The two yesterday appeared at Masaka District Police Headquarters for statement recording, as the masterminds behind the vicious murders in Masaka and have been remanded to prison after appearing in court Tuesday.
The two are accused of having a hand in the recent spate of killings in the Masaka sub-region that left close to 30 people dead.
They were charged with four counts, three of murder and one of attempted murder.
Prosecution led by Richard Birivumbuka contends that the group had planning meetings at Happy Boys, Kalenda, and Kayanja Rest House in Kampala where they planned the murders.
The prosecution also contends that on Aug 23, 2021, while at Ssetala village in Kimanya Kabonera division, the duo participated in the murder of Sulaiman Kakooza, Michael Kiza Nswa, and Tadeo Kiyimba while Robert Ssebyato survived an attempt on his life.
They join the 10 men that were charged with the same offenses on September 1, and were remanded to Masaka Ssaza Prison.
They included; Christopher Sserwadda, 23, a resident of Nyendo-Mukungwe, Mike Sserwadda and Jude Muwonge, both residents of Ssetaala, and Batesta Mutabaazi, Joseph Kayabula, Ashraf Kayinza, Issa Ssebunnya, Moses Kaganda, and Kaboyo Henry, all residents of Byanjiri Village in Lwengo District.
The other was Paul Ssekajugo, alias, Mawanda, 43, a resident of Nakateete, Kisekka Sub-county in Lwengo District.
Police Monday revealed that the machete-wielding criminals were recruited by the two MPs to commit the atrocities in Masaka.
“The suspects in our admissions clearly indicate how they were recruited, taken through the intentionally designed plans in a meeting at Ndeeba, and create animosity against elderly victims, who do not share their views,” the statement by police reads in parts.
The statement adds that “the suspects were promised wealth as a motivating factor. And that it is under the command of the two politicians that the victims were hacked and beaten to death. It is further alleged that the politicians facilitated the movement of the assailants and induced them to commit the atrocities against their victims”.
Relatedly, Security Minister Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi yesterday said the government had already identified the people behind the gruesome murders in Masaka sub-region.
Addressing the parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs chaired by Ms Rosemary Nakikongolo, currently, on a three-day fact-finding visit in Masaka, Gen Muhwezi said the masterminds of the killings should be treated as terrorists.
“If people do acts of terror where they write intimidating messages and later kill people, it means they are terrorizing the area hence being termed as terrorists. We have identified them as some have been arrested whereas others have been tried in court,” he said.