President Yoweri Museveni has retaliated his position to sign an execution order to hang the death row convicts as deterrent to the increasing cases of criminality.
On Thursday last week Museveni who was passing out prison officers in Luzira said he has been so lenient by not ordering for the hanging of some convicts which could be the reason for the increasing cases especially murder.
However some civil societies castigated Museveni saying death Sentence has become outdated since most the countries have abolished the practice because it doesn’t’t provide any room for the convict to reform.
Meanwhile Museveni who was officiating at the opening of the 20th Judges Conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo said he shall not be deterred by any comments to sign the execution order because the society believe in it as a deterrent to criminality.
Museveni has also asked judges to priorities the hearing of capital offences because they can cause instability in the community.
The Chief Justice Bati Katureebe has asked president Museveni to lift the ban on the recruitment of the judicial officers because currently they are under staffed which has resulted into case backlog.
Last week, the Executive Director Human Rights Network (HURINET) Muhammad Ndifuna, while disagreeing with the death penalty said, “dignity and life is one thing government cannot take away from an individual.”
He explained that on many occasions in different countries, people who have been hanged turn out to be innocent. Hence putting them on death row is torture to their families and relatives.
Ndifuna further advised government to enhance criminal investigation and prosecute criminals unlike the situation now when self-proclaimed criminals are untouched in the guise of helping the state with investigations.
Ndifuna called for IGP Kale Kayihura’s resignation for his failure to provide security to Ugandans.
He pointed out the incidents of panga wielding men that have terrorized Ugandans. Ndifuna warned that the situation is worsened when criminals come out publicly and brag that they are working with security organs to kill and terrorize people, but are left untouched hence continue to put lives of Ugandans in danger.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director NGO Forum, Richard Ssewakiryanga called upon the state and Uganda to revise their way of doing business if the year 2018 is to see the country register positive transformation.
The state of insecurity in Uganda rocked parts of Wakiso, Masaka, Rakai, Lwengo district last year leaving over 50 innocent people dead with no conclusive police investigations made regarding who was behind this and their motive.