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Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo was on Monday night brutally arrested in connection with statements he made about the controversial death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.

Police has been looking for Ssekikubo following the arrest of MPs Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Dr Chris Baryomunsi (Kinkiizi East).

They got him on Monday, after he had participated in collecting signatures to recall the House from recess to debate the fallout from Nebanda’s death. Upon leaving Parliament on Monday, Ssekikubo attended a meeting at an undisclosed location in town which lasted till 9:30pm. Ssekikubo then decided to head for his residence in Kawempe, a suburb near Kampala.

Driving his Land Cruiser vehicle with three others, among them Isha Ntumwa, who lost the Mawogola county parliamentary seat to Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa in 2011, Ssekikubo drove to the Bombo Road City Oil filling station to refill his car. At that point, police detectives who had been trailing him in a Toyota Premio Reg. N0. UAP 297J alighted from the vehicle.

“They parked just right in front of our car and called him outside. They talked for some time before he returned and informed us about what was going on,” Ntumwa told The Observer.

In the process, Ssekikubo started locking his car windows, which the security men interpreted as an attempt to resist arrest. According to another account by Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi district chairman, who had gone to the same filling station, the security officers then attempted to drag the MP out of his car against his wish. Ssekikubo had demanded that before he is taken, those arresting him identify themselves.

“One of them tried to push his hand through the window but hurriedly pulled it out to avoid being trapped,” Ntumwa said.

It’s then that the operative called for reinforcement and four police pickup trucks arrived. They dragged Ssekikubo on the tarmac, handcuffed him before they bundled him into one of the vehicles. By this time, a small crowd had gathered shortly before he was carted off to jail.

Ndorwa East MP Winfred Niwagaba told The Observer at Kira  police station where several lawmakers and his wife were camped, that Ssekikubo was badly tortured during the arrest. “He was tortured and is in great pain,” he said.

Bishop Dr Zac Niringiye, who was present, prayed for Ssekikubo. Niwagaba said a group of MPs had implored the police to allow Ssekikubo to be transferred to a hospital for treatment. Yesterday the lawmaker, who was speaking from his cell, told Niwagaba that those who arrested him said they were going to teach him a lesson.

“You, we are going to deal with you. Why are you fighting the state?” Niwagaba quotes Ssekikubo as saying.

“He was later brought here [Kira police] and dumped in a cell full of faeces,” lamented Niwagaba.

In case, he is not arraigned before court within 48 hours, Niwagaba said, they will file a habeas corpus writ to compel police to produce him in court. Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire said Ssekikubo told him he was bundled onto a police pickup as security operatives beat him up.

“The law provides that when you are arrested, you are told the reasons as to why you are being arrested, but up to now we don’t know the charges against him,” Tinkasiimire said.

Mityana North MP Godfrey Kiwanda said such high-handed acts from the state will only embolden the victims.

“Rebels are either made or they are created. These [arrests] are hardening us; we are now like on training. We are going to become more and more dangerous,” Kiwanda said.

Before he was arrested, police had issued criminal summons through the Speaker demanding that Ssekikubo appears for questioning on January 10, 2012. District Police Commander Peter Nkulega had earlier told lawmakers he had orders from above not to allow other people from seeing Ssekikubo, except his wife and his counsels.

MPs Summoned

Police has also issued criminal summons against three other lawmakers for allegedly inciting violence in connection with the controversial death of Nebanda. These include Workers’ MP Dr Samuel Lyomoki, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze and Katerera MP Hatwib Katoto. Earlier, Dr Medard Bitekyerezo (Mbarara municipality), who was also wanted, reported to the police and was released on bond. The summonses were issued by the deputy director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Fred Musana.

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+18 #1 Mwene Mungwe 2013-01-09 09:54
Amin was much better!!!!!!!!
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+11 #2 Moses.S 2013-01-09 10:24
these are museveni's people who are mistreating our honourables and their actions are despisable.they do all this nonsense on behalf of the killers in the pretext of keeping the law,yet they are busy shielding the killers and manipulators.

these people will continue to do whatever their simplistic thinking tells them now,but one day they will pay for their foolishness.

our honourables need not be disorientated by these hopeless pipo,they will kill many of us but they will never finish all ugandans and they will one day be defeated.
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+10 #3 Jimmy 2013-01-09 11:23
There we go again with "orders from above". Where are we heading to? To the days of Idi Amin's State Research Bureau.
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+2 #4 badblack ldp 2013-01-09 11:37
well! well! well! I am extremely happy this is happening to members of the same party NRM.Guys, desenting voices not allowed PERIOD.
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+8 #5 Kamusime Alex 2013-01-09 12:20
No no no,this is going beyond any measure,honoura ble Sekikuubo is one of the most popular mps we have in this country and by these actions we feel more insecure more than ever before.
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-1 #6 badblack ldp 2013-01-09 12:30
what goes around comes around
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+7 #7 Gordon Jons 2013-01-09 13:52
Every dog has its day, today is Sekikubo, tomorrow is someone else.........Who knew that Sadam Hussein and Amooti Gadaffi would die the way they did.
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-8 #8 jmc 2013-01-09 13:59
The truth is Sekikubo has had his grace period expire. He had stretched his boss beyond measure with his pugnacity.
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+5 #9 fred 2013-01-09 14:50
It means the police really have anything against Ssekikuubo! If they did why have they not opened up a case in court against him all this time?!

It is idiocy to think that someone will come to you and incriminate himself and that that will be the basis for your case!!! It is high time the courts of law in Uganda looked into this issue of the police arresting people with no real case at hand!
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+10 #10 Lakwena 2013-01-09 14:50
Many Ugandans have not woken to the fact that a good dictator is a dead one. During Amin's era of terror and murder, when "the government spokesperson" announces over Radio Uganda that: 'so and so must report to office without fail', it is informing you that it is time to leave town and must cut and run for your life.

When dictators become desparate, they resort to desperate means; some of which are: unreasonable imprisonment and random killing of innocent citizens to send a clear message that everybody, back off! Didn't Caligula or Nero murder his mother?
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+12 #11 Dr Kiribaedda 2013-01-09 14:54
I can imagine how the entire country will burst into celebrations, jubilations the moment it will be confirmed that M7 has lost power or is is dead.
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-21 #12 Kuteesa 2013-01-09 14:59
Ssekikuubo has alot of wolokoso and kavuyo. Serves Him right.
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+4 #13 Betty Long Cap 2013-01-09 15:01
"orders from above" can only mean directly from the DICTATOR. "teach him a lesson"? by violating civil rights?

EMMA MUTAIZIBWA, EDWARD SSEKIKA & SADAB KITATTA, be safe. Journalists are performing a great service to their country.
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-2 #14 Waleya 2013-01-09 16:08
ALL THE COMMENTS ARE STILL THE SAME LIKE OUR GOVERNMENT: OPINIONS CAN MAKE SENSE IN A PEACEFUL COUNTRY WHERE LAW AND ORDER ARE RESPECTED AND HUMAN RIGHTS.

WHEN BESIGYE WAS WALKING IN STYLE MANY CAME TO EVEN BLAME HIM. YOU WANT SOMETHING DO SOMETHING otherwise sit on your computers and write each day one is mistreated but do not forget, there are so many more somewhere may be whose voices are never heard.

Am not a fun of Besigye i became one after seeing how he was determined to challege this government unviolently. That time it was his; today you are seeing kyafeena.
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+6 #15 petermarco 2013-01-09 17:00
To me if Hon Ssekikubo is arrested i do not know why, but if he broke the law the law must be uniform regardless. I am NRM supporter but you cannot tell me that you are arresting Hon Ssekikubo while Basanjabalaba is walking on the streets of kampala,he emblezzed tax payers money and made ugandans suffer without medicine in the hospitals.

So we need to be careful when we are taking actions, because what harm did Ssekikubo cause compared to Basanjabalaba making the country to have financial loss. Lets be fair and try to balance everything when we are doing it.To me Basanja should be first bse his the first to break the law which is fraud,false resprestation,w hich are criminal offences
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-9 #16 DAVID 2013-01-09 17:20
Quoting Mwene Mungwe:
Amin was much better!!!!!!!!


You must be sick in the head to say so. Did Amin issue sermons?, did he take his victims to gazetted places?, did he take them to court?, did he accept solicitors to access their incarcerated clients?. If it was Amin's regime, could Ssekikuubo have uttered such vitriolic statements and go scot free?.
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+3 #17 TENYWAD DAVID TYCOON 2013-01-09 18:05
His excellence is fond of speaking evil about the past regimes, which he is now indirectly doing. Check the life cycle of anything.

This regime is repeating the same mistakes the past regimes made in the name of LAW-ENFORCING.It's a pity we're sliding back to such unkuth behaviuor after 50 years. Pray for Uganda!
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0 #18 jane 2013-01-09 18:26
Dear Readers, Museveni calls MPS fools and Idiots, yes he takes them to be because at Ugs.5,000,000 they lifted term limits without understanding the implications, he farther calls them fools and i diots yes because now we are being told that at Shs200,000 only many are withholding signatures from parliamentary recall exercise which would call him to order and threaten his empire,for years peasants have been voting him because of ignorance and apromise to them that they will get rich because of the one tempeco been seeds under NAADS, removing him shall of cause lots of death
and bodies on streets or else forget.JANE.
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+4 #19 Rwemihama 2013-01-09 18:35
DAVID, please lift up your upstairs!! When Mwene Mungwe says that AMIN was better, he is putting into consideration Amins's Education and intelligence compared to Museveni. I hope you can figure out even what I mean.
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-6 #20 Keke 2013-01-09 19:44
Quoting DAVID:
Quoting Mwene Mungwe:
Amin was much better!!!!!!!!


You must be sick in the head to say so. Did Amin issue sermons?, did he take his victims to gazetted places?, did he take them to court?, did he accept solicitors to access their incarcerated clients?. If it was Amin's regime, could Ssekikuubo have uttered such vitriolic statements and go scot free?.


Confused Ugandans If it was Amin not even the will visit him not eve the fellow MP's even family member will deny knowing him.
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