Government Plans to Enact A Law that Bans Bail for Capital Offences


President Yoweri Museveni said the government is planning to enact a law that bans bail for capital offences.

Museveni was addressing judges at the swearing in ceremony of the six newly appointed judges of the High Court and Industrial Court, at State House Entebbe on Tuesday.

He said a number of judges in Uganda have failed to use their discretion at the time of granting bail.

“Plans are underway to amend the constitution and enact a law banning bail for capital offences such as murder, rape, defilement and treason,” Museveni said in a statement released by the State House.

The President also condemned judges who ignore people’s cases saying some people reported to him that “Omwavu tawoza”.

He emphasized that the Judicial service should be well remunerated and ensure that Ugandans, are satisfied with judicial service by eliminating corruption.

The swearing in ceremony was conducted by the Chief registrar Mr. Paul Gadenya.

The new judges are: The Chief Judge of the Industrial Court Asaph Ruhinda Ntengye, Justice Margaret Mutonyi of the High Court, Justice David Matovu of the High Court, Justice Patricia Basaaza Waswa of the High Court, Justice Jessica Naiga Ayebare and Justice Linda Lilian Tumusime Migisha of the Industrial Court.

Mr Museveni also said the delay of commercial cases can undermine the economy.

Speaking at the ceremony, the acting Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma called on all judges to observe the highest ethical standards of Court.


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