MBARARA – President Yoweri Museveni has asked Parliament and the Judiciary to work deterrent laws that would send a strong signal to other persons who would want to commit crime.
Mr. Museveni said that he believes in an idea of whoever kills should also be killed rather than sentencing him/her to jail for just years.
The President was speaking at the home of Dr. Agaba who was laid to rest on Wednesday, April 24. Mr. Museveni made a visit to the Agaba’s home in Orurembo Cell, Ntuura Parish Kagongi sub-county at around 8.30 pm.
Clad in a military jacket, Mr. Museveni stressed that the idea of jailing a murderer for years is not deterrent enough.
“The good thing I have here Members of Parliament who make laws and judicial officers who make rulings on cases but you hear someone being sentenced for years after killing someone. No! I believe that someone who has killed should be killed too…” he said.
He added that apparently killing human beings has been turned into a joke.
“Now you can imagine a useless person to kill a very important person and then he is sentenced for years. That’s wrong this one should be an example so that people stop playing around with people’s lives,” he stressed.
Earlier in the day, Agaba’s father Mr. Fred Rutagamba told mourners that his daughter started the dream of becoming a doctor while in primary seven and she lived her dream until her death.
“When she told me about her dream of becoming a doctor, I thought she was deceiving me … she got her 23 points and got a government sponsorship at Mbarara University of Science and Technology…” Mr. Rutagamba said.
He added: “I feel my heart is breeding because of the way have suffered with my children…” adding: “I thank God that security managed to find her body. I have no powers to decide the case of the murder suspect; it’s up to government to decide the suitable punishment.”
The late Agaba was reported missing on April 13 and her body remains were discovered in a septic tank from the compound where she was renting an apartment in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb.