Speaking to the media today at his home in Buziga, Kanyeihamba who was once a minister in President Museveni’s cabinet before being appointed a justice said the right to bail is one of those that are inalienable and implored parliament to disregard the President’s renewed push to limit it.
Lord Mayor Lukwago Erias and Justice George Kanyeihamba
The Retired Justice of the Supreme Court Professor George
Kanyeihamba has said if Parliament pushes throw President Yoweri Kaguta Musveni’s
proposal of scrapping bail for capital offenders, it would be an affront on the
constitution that must be resisted by all Ugandans.
Speaking to the media today
at his home in Buziga, Kanyeihamba who was once a minister in President Museveni’s cabinet before being appointed a justice said the right to bail is
one of those that are inalienable and implored parliament to disregard the President’s
renewed push to limit it.
“Article 3 of the constitution provides that all citizens of
Uganda shall have the right and duty at all times to defend this constitution
and in particular to resist any person or group of persons seeking to overthrow
the established constitutional order. I’m a Uganda citizen; therefore,
constitutionally I’m empowered to petition court and prevent the violation of
the Uganda constitution…” said Kanyeihamba.
He added that parliament should never forget that Uganda is
also part of the international community and therefore bound by the agreements
and protocols it has signed.
“Museveni’s monographic and despotic crusade is in conflict
with international law and norms. It violates the United Nations Chatter and
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the African Union charter and
African Union Commission protocols on human and people’s right…The fulfillment of
his desires will definitely necessitate the withdraw of the Ugandan state and
nation for abrogation of all international treaties and agreements which are
founded on the respect and observation of human rights,” added Kanyehimba.
He vowed to drag the government to court if they move ahead
and amend the constitution. For his part, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who also attended
the press conference thanked Kanyeihamba for being unflinching when it comes to
fighting for human rights despite his advanced age.
Lukwago said every well-meaning Ugandan should stand up and resist
the move to outlaw bail for capital offenders saying anyone is a potential
victim of the law.
Last week Daily Monitor reported that cabinet had debated proposals
presented by the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka on reforming laws relating
to bail and police bond. It’s expected
that these proposals will be taken to parliament in form of a bill to among
others outlaw bail and police bond for capital offenders up to a period of ix
About three weeks ago, President Museveni met with the National Resistance
Movement (NRM) parliament caucus in Kololo to try and persuade them to accept the
proposal. However, sources that attended the meeting intimated that majority of the MPs
who got the opportunity to speak rejected the proposal calling it a poisonous
chalice that might return to haunt them. They advised the President to instead reform
the criminal justice system so that suspects are tried and sentenced in a timely manner.