Police in Masaka Sub Region have amended the charge sheet for Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo adding on a fresh charge of attempted murder against him.
According to Mr. Paul Kanagave the southern regional police spokesperson, the lawmaker was to be charged with assault, inciting violence and malicious damage to property and attempted murder an offense reportedly committed during the ruling NRM party primaries in 2010.
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. Deo Musoke the MP’s lawyer accused police of preferring trumped-up charges against his client and keeping him in cells beyond the recommended 48 hours.
Ssekikubo was arrested Friday morning amid a scuffle between police and herdsmen who attempted to forcefully enter the Lwemiyaga cattle market and sell their cows in a market that had a week earlier been closed following a reported outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the area.
A section of herdsmen and MP Ssekikubo insisted some parts of the district like Lwemiyaga were placed under quarantine yet no cases of the foot and mouth disease had been reported there. They also disagreed with veterinary officials for allowing other people in the said quarantined area to continue selling other dairy products like milk and ghee yet cattle trade was stopped.
Counsel Musoke wondered why Mr. Ssekikubo had not recorded a statement until Sunday evening when his fellow lawmaker Hanifa Kawooya (Woman MP Sembabule District ) visited him at Masaka Central Police Station cells.
“We have learned about the new charge with shock because attempted murder is criminal offense and one could not participate in two elections that is 2011 and 2016 with such offenses,” he said.
Mr. Musoke said police officers had informed them that the complainant in the matter is Sembabule District police commander Mr. Denis Musinguzi yet the case had earlier been withdrawn after the complainant lacked enough evidence to implicate Mr. Ssekikubo.
Ms. Kawooya wondered why police waited for all these years only to arrest the legislator after raising concern on illegal cattle quarantine imposed in the area.
“I am going to start from where Ssekikubo stopped. The people of Lwemiyaga should be informed about the issue of imposing an illegal quarantine in their area because it now an issue of national importance,” she said.
Mr. Ssekikubo will today be paraded before Court to face fresh charges that include attempted murder.