OUT ON BOND: Samuel Masereka
NEWS EDITOR MEDIA
WHAT no body has told you, opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) Kasese registrar Samuel Masereka who was last week released on State bond and taken back to Kasese came after the intervention of Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Anita Annet Among.
The young man whose fate Deputy Speaker raised in Parliament a day before his release, was released alongside two colleagues Hamza Tembo and Alazarius Bisogho, said to be NUP mobilisers in Kasese.
Thank God, Rt. Hon. Anita Among’s voice was bold enough to be heard in that, the three were granted freedom.
Masereka and his colleagues who are said to have been tortured on their arrest, were charged with engaging in subversive activities.
They were allegedly picked up on January 7, 2022 from Kasese and taken away in a drone van.
In a statement released by Hon. Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, NUP President days ago, he said, “Efforts by the family and NUP lawyers to trace the three were futile, although we have information they are being held in a torture chamber in Mbuya.”
Deputy Speaker Anita Among who doubles as woman Member of Parliament for Bukedea district got so concerned about the fate of Masereka and his accomplices.
This was after opposition leadership at Parliament approached Deputy Speaker requesting her to add her voice onto that of their party members in the quest to send a strong message to search for Masereka. She raised the matter at parliament and her unwavering voice sent chills down the spine of the security who hurriedly organised to have the trio released on bond.
After their release, Hon. Kyagulanyi posted that, “According to Masereka’s account, he has been undergoing torture every day and being asked what NUP is planning to do in Kasese and Rwenzori sub-region. They asked him specifically, why he has been mobilising support for NUP in the area. They asked him what the plans of different leaders in NUP are!”
On November 30, 2021, Deputy Speaker is remembered for having directed the Attorney General to, “Come to the House with an explanation on the fate of the 67 people arrested from Kasese who have been held in prison. This is a matter that has been ongoing for a long and I expect the Government to be able to give that explanation.”
She on December 2, 2021 tweeted, “The inmates who are sick should be treated, they are human beings with rights. There should be a speedy trial process for the royal guards (from Rwenzururu Kingdom) and those arrested with them in Kasese. I am referring this matter to the committee on human rights and will expect a report in two weeks.”
This benevolent Rt. Hon. Anita Among is November 3, 2021 tweeted that, “The Hon. Ssegirinya (Kawempe North MP) 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.”
Ssegirinya was arrested together with another MP, Hon. Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West).
The Deputy Speaker has been very vocal about these two legislators since they were arrested.
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