The state withdrew an objection to a bail application for two members of parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North) and Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West).
The Masaka High Court presided over by Justice Lawrence Tweyanze on Monday commenced a hearing of the bail application. The hearing and ruling will happen between February 13 and 15, 2023.
The Mps appeared in court on Monday from the Kigo government prison via Zoom technology. Defense lawyers Medard Ssegona and Mathias Mpuuga represented them in the bail application.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), withdrew three affidavits of prosecution witnesses filed against the application. The affidavits withdrawn were sworn by Thomas Jatiko, Jennifer Amumpaire, and Detective SP Innocent Mubangizi and tendered in on January 23, 2023.
Senior State Resident Attorney Richard Birivumbuka speaking on behalf of the DPP) told the court that they were directed by the DPP not to object to their bail application but only make their submissions on bail terms.
In their submission, the State asked for 20 million shillings cash bail to be paid for by the legislators before bail is granted.
The bail is for a murder case in which the duo is accused of killing one Joseph Bwanika, a resident of Kankamba village, Kisekka B village, Lwengo district.
Justice Tweyanze of Masaka High Court will later issue his ruling on the bail application.
Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana among others are accused of murder, attempted murder, and aiding and abetting terrorism stemming from the 2021 spate of killings in the Masaka and Lwengo districts of the Greater Masaka region.