MP Nsereko taken to Tororo

Reports Samuel Ouga.

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko is right now being transferred to Tororo in eastern Uganda, where he might be charged over his statements relating to the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.

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Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko

However, The Oil Republic got information that Kinkiizi East MP Chris Baryomunsi is most likely to be charged before Buganda Road Magistrate’s court. Some reports say he will be charged shortly but this has not been independently verified.

Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, who was travelling to the east with the MP, was forced out of the vehicle by security personnel earlier in the Afternoon.

The MPs have been under detention since December 24th.

In another development, the family of the late Nebanda have resolved to front a younger sister of the late MP to represent Butaleja in Parliament. She is expected to garner overwhelming support from locals.

Meanwhile, Baryomunsi, speaking from a police cell today, said that he will never forget and forgive President Museveni and Police chief Lt Gen Kale Kayihura for causing his arrest during the Christmas holidays and holding him beyond the constitutional 48 hours without any charge.

“I am firm, but I will never forget what the president and the IGP have done [keeping me in police cell; hence, denying me to enjoy Christmas with my family],” he said.

The MP said he was denied a mattress and a mosquito net, described his arrest and the threats to arrest others, as an attack on the institution of parliament, by Museveni.

“It is an attack on parliament,” he said.

Baryomunsi said he has been sleeping on a blanket and that he has not eaten police food for fear of being poisoned. He also demanded that his driver and the parliamentary bodyguard be released.

“I was arrested on December 24. Police also arrested my police officer [bodyguard] and driver. They disarmed my bodyguard and whisked him and my driver away. They [Police] tried to drive my car, but they failed. …,” Baryomunsi said.
“Those two; bodyguard and driver must be released,” Baryomunsi demanded. He commended the officers at Jinja road police station for being “professional”.

The MP expressed uncertainty about his release because courts are on holiday and will return on January 7, 2013.

One of his lawyers, Hon Abdu Katuntu; MP for Bugweri said that when he asked police why Baryomunsi is still in custody, they could not produce a substantive charge sheet but rather alluded to the fact that “someone above” told them to keep him in the cells.

In a related development, MPs lead by Medard Ssegona are collecting signatures to petition the Speaker to call back Parliament for a special sitting. Busiro East MP Medard Sseggona said they would not sit back and watch as the president insults Parliament, including Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

On Monday while addressing journalists, Museveni labelled the MPs who are insinuating that government played a role in the death of Nebanda as ‘idiots and fools.

Constitutionally, a petition to the Speaker, signed by one third of the entire parliament, (in this case 125 MPs), is enough to recall the MPs from their recess. Other MPs involved in this effort include Mathias Mpuuga, Roland Mugume, Joseph Ssewungu (Kalungu West) and Hamson Obua (Ajuri).

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