KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni Thursday ordered Police and the Judiciary to expel police bonds and bail requests for murder suspects saying the directive will curb criminality.
The President while addressing Members of Parliament during the 2018/19 budget reading at Serena Conference Center, Kampala, indicated he had communicated the directive to the Inspector General of Police John Martins Okoth-Ochola and Chief Justice Bart Katurebe.
“There two things I will not accept anymore — Police bond and bail for killers,” he said.
“I don’t want to hear of a police bond, if you are suspected of killing innocent people, there’s no bond for you, no way! Then the issue of bail. Please, chief Justice, bail for suspected killers is not acceptable,” Museveni said.
Mr Museveni said he is confident that murderers whom he referred to as “pigs” including those who killed former Arua Municipality legislator Col Abiriga will be brought to book.
He further said the state of insecurity was “not as complicated as it is but we lost time.”
The President on Monday this week during the send off of Col Ibrahim Abiriga in Arua district also banned wearing of hoods for Boda Boda riders saying the loopholes in the industry are responsible for the unnecessary “silly” murders that marred the country in recent.
He said the government will ban hooded jackets and others outfits so that it makes easier to see peoples’ faces when a search mounted.
“Why do we allow people putting on hoods, we are going to burn the covering of heads even when driving on a bike,” Museveni said adding another directive regarding helmets for cyclists.
“The helmets we shall require new helmets with numbers and they must shine at night,” the president asserted.
Opposition Members of Parliament walked out of the budget reading after president’s statement that linked them to the murder of Col Ibarhim Abiriga.
The leader of opposition Hon Winnie Kizza said they cannot go where they are perceived killers adding that president’s statements are diversionary.
On Wednesday, the Uganda Episcopal Conference, the Assembly of the catholic bishops in the country asked decried the current increase in, organised crimes and rampant murders in the country, asked the government and all the security agencies to scale up their efforts to protect the life and property of Ugandans.