Kyadondo East MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda was this afternoon detained at Kira Town Council Police Station, after being violently apprehended at Bweyogerere trading centre, where he had planned to hold a rally.

He was arrested at 2PM at Bweyogerere as he talked to his supporters. Police had deployed heavily in the trading centre and many shops remained closed. Earlier in the morning, Ssemujju had been put under preventive arrest at his home in Kirinya, three kilometers from Bweyogerere.

Police later relented after the MP told them he had to perform his Jumaa prayers at a nearby mosque. His arrest was dramatic and executed violently. In the ensuing scuffle as he tried to resist arrest, the legislator’s jacket was torn before he was carried off the ground by three officers. They bundled him into a waiting police pick up and drove him to Kira Town Council Police Station at break neck speed.

Meanwhile other officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse his supporters who had started throwing stones at them. Ssemujju says that around 9 o’clock this morning, the DPC of Kira went to his house with a letter from Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi. In the letter, Kaweesi said the rally would be permitted unless Ssemujju first wrote to the police.

He would have to submit to the police, for approval, the content of the speech and the names of guests invited. The content of the speech was not, in any way, to be similar to speeches that have been made at previous A4C and 4GC rallies.

Second time unlucky

Ssemujju was previously arrested in on September 25, as he attempted to hold a consultative  rally at Kireka, in Kampala. Then the police said it had banned all rallies and marches because terrorists could use them to disrupt the country’s 50th independence anniversary celebrations, which climaxed on October 9.

Petition

Ssemujju says he recently received a petition from 16 out of 21 councillors at Kira town council, complaining about excessive corruption at the council. The petition is now with Parliament; but Ssemujju says he wanted to report back to his constituents and explain to them why it takes time for Parliaments’ investigations.

“I also wanted to explain to the people the processes involved because some do not know that a lot of money is sent to the council to give them services,” he said.

Ssemujju says when the speaker was sending MPs into recess, she urged them to consult their constituents and return for business on November 3. Now, he argues, his consultation process has been sabotaged by the police

At the time of writing he was still being interrogated but was expected to be released later in the evening.

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Comments

-1 #21 john 2012-10-21 09:12
Want political capital?. Try this; organise some rally, appear radical; get some rascals make noise, disrupt life and work; then don't forget never follow any laws of the land; then you are about there but wait a minute; just shout anything to the gathered crowd that you are fighting for their rights and that Museveniand his government are so rotten; yes!, things are moving well now.

Then one thing is that you will remove him, and very soon!. But you should never allow the crowd to discover is about you that only a year ago you were so poor with no suit, that has become your trade mark, no Prado 4wd to think of, no money; by the way don't allow the crowd to imagine that you are just part of the Museveni government and you are earning that fat salary; and when it comes to raise your payments in Parliament you just don't remember that the crowd is not party neither is their concern an issue
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+1 #22 Wence 2012-10-21 13:10
DAVID WHETHER YOU ARGUE YOUR SELF OUT YOU BE SOON CAUGHT UP BY TIME INCONVINIENCING ANY UGANDAN, OF WHATEVER CATEGORY, RELIGION ,STATUS, POLITICAL PARTY,TRIBE, AND ANY OTHER SHOULD BE CONDEMNED IN THE STRONGEST TERMS AND DISMESSED WITH THE CONTEMPT IT DESERVES.

AFTER SOME TIME NRM WILL LEAVE POWER WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THAT HAVE PEOPLE LIKE RWAKASIS IN PRISON FOR 25 YEARS? DAVID DONT HIDE YOUR HEAD IN SAND .
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-2 #23 DAVID 2012-10-21 14:47
That guy Ssemujju is just on mere katemba. He's in other words playing to the cameras in a bid to make news for the Observer, where he's a shareholder.

Its high time he joins the likes of Kato Lubwama, Abbey Mukiibi, Patriko Mujjuuka et al in the drama industry because that's where his antics suit most and not politics.
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-1 #24 kamya moses 2012-10-21 17:04
Mr.Kaweesi,you need not pretend to be wiser than the honourable MP'S.You are not even nearer to the title of honourable to think that you are the one to approve their speeches.


This is being hopeless together with the regime you are protecting.It not your duty to keep regimes in power. To simplify your work,just prepare the speeches you think are good to the different electoral areas and distribute to the respective MP'S.Otherwise stop exposing your foolishness.

I dont expect you to one day plead for mercy when finally time catches up with you. Otherwise you still have the time to reform.
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0 #25 Robert Atuhairwe 2012-10-21 19:53
Wasn't Hon. Ssemujju supposed to be with the Kabaka in Buddu?
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0 #26 Betty Long Cap 2012-10-21 20:25
Quoting Robert Atuhairwe:
Wasn't Hon. Ssemujju supposed to be with the Kabaka in Buddu?


The plot thickens. The mystery of the botched assassination attempt at the Bulange remains unsolved. Ugandan politics has layers of violence with one objective: retain power.
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