The Member of Parliament of Lwemiyaga County in Sembabule District, Mr Theodore Ssekikubo, who was on Friday arrested for inciting violence, now faces a fresh charge of attempted murder.
The vocal legislator was arrested for allegedly inciting residents of Lwemiyaga to defy a cattle quarantine in the area and forcefully open a cattle market.
Mr Deo Musoke, the MP’s lawyer, in an interview with our reporter on Sunday evening indicated that police have now amended the charge sheet and charged his client with attempted murder stemming from an accident in 2010.
Southern region police spokesperson Paul Kanagave had said the lawmaker was to be charged with inciting violence and malicious damage to property following a scuffle during his arrest.
Mr Ssekikubo reportedly shot Habibu Nsamba Kanyarutokye, a security operative, in the private parts during the hotly contested party primaries where Ssekikubo was contesting with Patrick Nkalubo.
Mr Musoke accused police of being used to play politics in the case. He said already the police was breaking the law by keeping the legislator in the cells beyond 48 hours.
The incident comes after cattle traders and residents of Lwemiyaga County led by their Member of Parliament Ssekikubo on Tuesday petitioned Parliament protesting what they called the unlawful and arbitrary blockading of Lwemiyaga cattle market.
The residents handed over the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, and called for investigations into the role of the security minister Gen Elly Tumwine in the market blockade.
They also explained that the blockade has nothing to do with the alleged Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
“There is no FMD in Lwemiyaga,” Mr Ssekikubo said
“Police is hiding behind movement permits to impoverish our people. They are working for people in Kampala who have personal interests in the market. The security minister is using police to deny our people livelihood. They are using extra-judicial methods to play politics,” Mr Ssekikubo said.
More than 50 petitioners who travelled to Kampala explained that on Friday they were blocked from selling their cattle to traders outside their District on grounds that the area had been quarantine due the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
Earlier General Tumwine strongly rebuffed the allegations leveled against him when contacted on phone, describing is accusers as hopeless fellows craving for public sympathy after committing offenses.
He has also threatened to drag his accusers to courts of law for maligning his repute with false allegations.
Asked about his role in enforcing the Quarantine in Sembabule district, Gen. Tumwime observed he is directly responsible for averting all forms of insecurity including inciting people into violence in his capacity as Security Minister.
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