President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he is going to summon NRM caucus to start the process of amending the constitution to deny bail to murder suspects.
Museveni’s revelation come after armed security personnel driving in a drone on Thursday re-arrested Makindye West legislator Allan Ssewanya following his release from Kigo Prison. Ssewanyana and his colleague Muhammad Ssegirinya are facing charges of murder and terrorism.
The National Unity Platform NUP legislators are linked to the murders in the greater Masaka region according to security.
They were along with two other people charged with three counts of murder and attempted murder, offenses they allegedly committed on 23rd August this year, at Ssetaala and Ssenya villages located in Kimanya-Kabonera division in Masaka City.
While swearing in six new judges at State House in Entebbe, President Museveni castigated courts for handing bail to murder suspects.
Museveni raged: “For somebody to kill a person and you give them bail is a provocation. It is abominable. I would like us to cure this ideological disagreement. This bail, what is the hurry? Who are you trying to please?”
The President then proposed: “We are going to work on this. I am going to summon the NRM caucus and if necessary, we put it to a referendum. With this provocation, people will take the law into their hands.”
Museveni’s rage on bail and bonds started in 2018 when courts and police released suspects who had been killing top people in government.
During the reading of the budget then, Museveni said: “There are two things I am not going to accept anymore; police bonds and bail. I don’t want to hear about them again. Somebody suspected of killing our people, you give him/her police bond? No way! This is not acceptable.”
However, former chief Justice Katureebe then disagreed with the President, advising that he can only deny murder suspects bail by amending the Constitution.
Justice Katureebe then said: “It’s very simple, the issue of bail is governed by the Constitution and the law. Until the law is amended, bail will granted or denied in accordance with the Constitution and the law.”
President Museveni swore six new judges who included Justice Gashirabake Christopher, Justice Chemutai Tom, Justice Nakacwa Florence, Justice Alice Komuhangi, Justice Wagona Vincent and Justice Tweyanze Lawrence.
Museveni also oversaw taking of oath of office of the new IGG Beti Namisango Olive Kamya Turomwe and her deputies Dr. Patricia Achan Okiria and Ann Twinomugisha Muhairwe.
He challenged the group to step up the fight against corruption.
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