Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has appealed to the National Legislative Assembly to support his proposed bill to deny bail to suspects of defilement, murder, rape, treason and those involved in the embezzlement of either public or private employers’ funds noting that failure to effect the no bail call was fueling high level crime in the country.
The President was responding to the security concerns raised by Bushenyi district LC5 Chairman, Mr. Willis Bashasha at the opening of the new financial block building for Kyamuhunga People’s Co-operative Saving and Credit Society Limited and also the launch of the youth and women loaning programme.
The ceremony took place yesterday in Kyamuhunga town Igara West constituency in Bushenyi district.
Mr. Bashasha said that several people had been murdered in Bushenyi district in the recent past by unknown people. He said that this was a source of great concern because those who had been implicated in the murders and had been arrested were quickly released but re-arrested for the same offence.
“I have suggested before that murder suspects should not get bail but I was frustrated by the Parliament. I will appeal to them again if we are to stop this criminality”, the President said.
The President, however, said government will do whatever it takes, to prevent crime in the country.
“If we prevented and defeated those who were using guns, how about those using pangas? We shall defeat them at any cost”, the President declared.
Mr. Museveni instructed the police and other security agencies to do enough community policing and carry out societal intelligence. He also strongly advised parents to guide and advise their children rightly adding that the community should report anybody suspected to be involved in wrongdoing.
Adapted From Sarah Kagingo’s Facebook Wall
She is the Special Presidential Assistant On Communications