All is not well in opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party following news of the critical illness of their jailed colleagues; Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya.
According to the leader of opposition in parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, the two legislators are in dire need of medical attention if their lives are to be saved.
Mpuuga revealed that a visit to the jailed duo on Good Friday revealed that while the eminent politicians are visibly critically ill, the Kigo hospital authorities have not facilitated their treatment from competent hospitals. He thus appealed to government to ensure that the legislators who are incarcerated in relation to the Masaka bijambiya get required treatment. In a lengthy post on his social media page, he wrote:
“We spent part of our #GoodFriday with our colleagues Hon Allan Ssewanyana & Hon Muhammad Ssegirinya who are jailed at Kigo Prison. The 2 MPs are visibly ill, weak, and in need of urgent medical attention. The authorities at the prison have informed us that they lack the capacity to handle the MPs’ medical condition. Hon. Ssewanyana’s blood pressure has remained high at 180/140 since his admission into the prison. He is also anaemic and with swollen hands. 3 days ago, Hon Ssegirinya fell unconscious while in the bathroom and was rushed to the prison’s clinic. Pain killers & antibiotics is all that the facility could give him. His stomach is abnormally swollen, the fingers on his right hand are paralysed, and black spots cover most of his body.
These MPs have a right to health and we demand that the state allows them to access specialised medical care. It defeats logic that someone would want to deny them the right to get treatment from a well-equipped facility.”
The two legislators were committed to the high court for trail over claims that they were behind the bijambiya terror which gripped greater Masaka last year. They will however get some relief following news that their parliamentary seats are safe not until they are pronounced guilty of the said charges.