MP Ssekikubo Spends Another Night in Jail Over Illegal Possession of Firearm

Masaka Chief Magistrates Court has remanded Lwemiyaga County Member of Parliament, Theodore Ssekikubo, to Masaka central prison on six counts.

When he appeared in court on Monday, Ssekikubo was charged with a count of possessing an illegal firearm.

On his arrest Friday, he was slapped with charges of assault, inciting violence and malicious damage to property.

On Sunday, the charge sheet was amended and a charge of attempted murder added.

During his trial, the charges were formally read to him as; unlawful possession of fire arms, engaging in acts calculated to cause death and inciting violence and causing physical injuries to voters [as well as destruction of party-NRM- property].

He is further charged with obstructing Stephen Okwi Okedi; the Sembabule District Police commander and his junior, Idi Kigenyi, who were on duty.

Prosecution states that the MP, while armed, threatened Emmanuel Ssekimpi, then NRM returning officer in Sembabule District, with violence.

The offences were committed during the ruling NRM party primaries in 2010 when Ssekikubo was contesting against Patrick Nkalubo.

Ssekikubo’s lawyer, Medard Lubega Sseggona asked for the lawmaker to be released on bail.

He presented sureties including; Babirye Kabanda (Masaka District Woman MP), Hanifer Kawooya (Sembabule District Woman MP),  Barnabas Tinkasimire (MP Buyaga West), Florence Namayanja (MP  Bukoto East)  and  Johnson  Kamugusha, the Lwemiyaga Sub county district councillor.

But State Attorney Aminah Akasa asked court not grant Ssekikubo bail saying he doesn’t respect court orders citing a 2010 case where the MP jumped bail.

Chief Magistrate, Deogratius Ssejjemba, remanded him to Masaka Central Prison until Tuesday when he will reappear for the mention of his case.

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