Bail must be denied to criminals.
President Yoweri Museveni has insisted he will do what it takes to get victims get justice by engaging all possible avenues to deny criminals bail.
President Museveni addressed the nation on Friday evening, focusing on the security situation in the country. The President focused his speech on the conversation on bail going on in the political circles in the country.
Museveni has been critical about bail, first starting the debate on it in 2017 when murders of high government officials started in the city and the surroundings.
In his address to the nation, he cited that the victims do not get justice since they are dead and can not ask for bail.
Museveni blasted: “People are being killed and you are defending criminals. You are giving more time to the criminals than victims. The victim is dead and cannot ask for bail and you spend your time on criminals! This is not correct.”
The President pointed out: “Murder is not like assault. We need to prioritise murder cases. After all, it is irreversible because someone who has died can’t come back.”
Museveni raged: “These criminals are not clever that’s why they launched new killings in Masaka but luckily we did investigations in the area and many suspects are in detention.”
He said: “If you are a suspect, demand a quick trial but don’t demand impunity or untouchability.”
The President stated: “I studied the first killings, and discovered that the criminals were not being arrested and this is because of infiltration in police.”
Museveni pointed out: “If my party members were among the suspects, I would work hard to prove their innocence instead of asking the police not to arrest them.”
He recollected: “I was in prison so many times in Tanzania. There is no Tanzanian prison I didn’t go to but don’t you see me here! I got out and did some useful work.”
Museveni started his address by drawing from the history of his party. He explained: “The success of NRM is new and very useful, the economy has gone from shortages to surpluses. Fortunately, since 1965 some of us had been in those old political parties so we decided to do some thinking and we came out with a new line of patriotism, pan-Africanism, social-economic transformation and democracy.”
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.