M7 TO SUMMON NRM MPS TO DISCUSS PROPOSED BAN ON BAIL, SUGGESTS REFERENDUM
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By Joel Mugabi
President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni has renewed his proposal to push through a ban on bail for suspects, especially those arrested and detained for allegedly taking part in capital offences such as murder.
For years, Museveni has called on courts to stop granting bail to suspected killers and terrorists but members of the judiciary have always reminded the man from Rwakitura that suspects have a right to be released on bail since the law presumes them innocent until proven guilty.
Some judges have even advised the state to always conduct investigations into cases and have concrete evidence before bringing suspects to court and then start investigating suspects’ links to crimes such as murders.
Now, a determined Museveni has sworn to push through a proposal to ban bail, saying it is an abomination to grant someone who has committed capital offences such as murder bail under the pretext of constitutional rights.
In his argument, the NRM Chairman says that if courts keep giving bail to suspects, including killers, acts of mob justice will increase in communities where these crimes have been committed. Museveni asked the judges why they always rush to issue bail.
“For somebody to kill a person and you give them bail is a provocation. It is abominable. This bail, what is the hurry? Who are you trying to please?” wondered the head-of-state.
He says he will soon summon all members of his NRM party to discuss the proposal to ban bail by making amendments to the laws of the land.
The general from Rwakitura has even vowed to subject the proposal to a referendum if Parliament, which is dominated by NRM, fails to help him see to it that a law to ban bail is in place in a few months.
“We are going to work on this. I would like us to cure this ideological disagreement,” said President Museveni. “I am going to summon the NRM caucus and if necessary, we put it to a referendum.”(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).