The wives of Members of Parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana on Friday stormed Parliament demanding a speedy trial of their husbands.
Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana are accused of involvement in the Greater Masaka killings that left 30 people dead in August 2021. The accused lawmakers are on remand at Kigo Government Prison in Wakiso District.
While at Parliament, Twahira Akandinda, Ssegirinya’s wife, and Ssewanyana’s wife Lydia Namata alleged harassment and psychological torture of their children by peers in school.
Namata disclosed that because of the ongoing case against her husband, children who are exposed to the media ridicule her kids and are being mocked that their father is a murderer.
Twahira, the wife of Ssegirinya affirmed that her children are now suffering psychological trauma. She explains that they have repeatedly tasked her to explain the whereabouts of their father who is consistently absent from home.
Namata and Twahira were accompanied by Ssegirinya’s mother Justine Sanyu Nakajumba, Peter Mugema aka Panadol the Iganga Municipality MP and David Kabanda, the Kasambya County MP.
They also said that their children are stuck at home because they are unable to pay their fees and meet other family basic needs. They want the court to be lenient and grant their husbands bail so that they can commute from outside while they seek medical treatment.
Mugema who recently visited the accused in Prison confirmed that the health of the MPs has visibly deteriorated.
However, the Deputy Speaker was unable to meet the women but directed her Private Principle Secretary, Herbert Ariko to give the women each 5 Million Shillings to cater for their immediate needs.
Chris Obore, Parliament’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs arranged for transport to ensure that the mothers are driven away from the precincts of Parliament to their respective homes.