President Museveni questions Bail for Murder suspects
President Museveni has wondered why murder suspects continue to be granted bail notwithstanding overwhelming evidence against the accused.
President Museveni was concerned the move would eventually discourage security agencies/personel from arresting the suspects and resort to shooting them dead since they know that the suspects even if arrested would still be released.
Museveni made these remarks while delivering his address on the State of the Nation to Parliament chaired by Speaker Jacob Oulanyah on Friday, 04 June 2021 held at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
‘’Those arrested over previous killings have been released on bail by courts of law. Why does someone who has been arrested for killing people be released on bail,’’ said Museveni.
The right to apply for bail is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 23 (6) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. Its basis is found in Article 28 of the same Constitution which states that an accused person is to be presumed innocent until he/she is proved or he/she pleads guilty.
Museveni promised to further engage Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, who was present at the event on the issue of bail especially to murder suspects.