In a surprising turn of events, the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) in Uganda has recanted the affidavits of three state witnesses who had implicated MPs Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana in the Greater Masaka Region murders. This development was announced by State Attorney Richard Birivumbuka in the Masaka High Court on Monday morning.
The three statements, which were signed on January 23, 2023, by Thomas Jatiko, Jennifer Amumpaire, and Detective SP Innocent Mubangizi, have now been withdrawn by the DPP. Additionally, the State Attorney notified the court that the DPP no longer objects to the MPs being given bail.
The MPs have been imprisoned since September 2021 in connection with a series of murders in the Greater Masaka region. Despite their prolonged detention, the Prosecution had previously resisted the release of the MPs on bail. The MPs had raised concerns about their health and one of them, Hon. Ssewanyana, was even transferred from Kigo Prison to the main hospital at Luzira Prison due to complications before being referred to Mulago Hospital.
As the court was hearing from the State and the Defense on the terms for bail for the two MPs, the recanting of the affidavits has left many questions unanswered. The DPP has not yet released a statement to explain their decision to withdraw the affidavits, leading to speculation and uncertainty.
It is important to note that this development does not necessarily clear the MPs Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana of any wrongdoing. The withdrawal of the affidavits may simply indicate that the prosecution no longer has enough evidence to support their case, or that the witnesses have recanted their statements for other reasons.
Regardless of the outcome, this development highlights the importance of proper investigations and a thorough legal process in order to ensure that justice is served. As the case continues to unfold, it will be important for all parties to remain impartial and follow due process in order to arrive at the truth.
In conclusion, the recanting of the affidavits by the DPP has sent shockwaves through the legal system and has many people wondering what will happen next in this complex and high-profile case.