D.Speaker Among Directs Health Minister Aceng To Ensure MP Ssegirinya Gets Medical Attention

D.Speaker Among Directs Health Minister Aceng To Ensure MP Ssegirinya Gets Medical Attention

By Ivan Mwine
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon. Anita Among has tasked the Minister for Health Dr. Ruth Aceng to make sure that incarcerated Kawempe North legislator gets adequate attention.

Ssegirinya, who was arrested together with Makindye West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana in September over allegations of having links to the machete attacks in Masaka, is in dire health condition.

Bobi Wine and his team went to Mulago Hospital to visit MP Muhammad Ssegirinya

However, despite his worrying health condition, continued requests from his lawyer Mathis Mpuuga to the Prisons authorities to release him such that he can get the requisite medical attention have failed.

It is this that prompted Among to direct the health Minister on Ssegirinya’s health.

“The Hon Segirinya is sick and that must be taken seriously, if we are to prosecute, let us prosecute a living person. I do not want to interfere with court proceedings but the Hon member should be prosecuted after getting proper treatment,” Among told Parliament on Wednesday.

MP Muhammad Ssegirinya in hospital

She added that; “I request the minister in charge of health to leave the house now and follow up on the case of the Hon Muhammad Ssegirinya and give the house a sense of direction before the end of the day.”

However, by end of day the Minister for Health had not yet furnished Parliament with details about Ssegirinya’s health condition or where he is receiving medication from.

In the same vein, the National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine also visited Ssegirinya with a team of from NUP and he observed that  the legislator needs urgent specialised medical attention because his life is in danger.

“Visited Hon. Ssegirinya at Mulago Hospital. Have learnt from him that several state operatives and politicians keep frequenting his treatment room and harassing him to apologize to D******* Museveni and denounce the struggle or else he will not be freed from his misery,” Bobi Wine wrote on Twitter shortly after visiting Ssegirinya.

It should be noted that although Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana had bee granted bail by the High Court in Kampala, they were both rearrested and denied the same, before the police slapped new charges of treason on him (Ssegirinya).

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