By Spy Uganda
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni this week launched the New Law Year 2022 at a colorful ceremony held at the High Court Grounds in Kampala.
Speaking at the function, President Museveni congratulated the judiciary and law society in general upon completing the outgoing year and tasked them in the new year to look at keenly ‘crucial elements’ like; protection of life with no extra judicial killings, protection of people’s property and thirdly no raping women and children.
Museveni told Judiciary that anyone who rapes a woman or defiles a girl must die.
“Protect our women. Anybody who rapes a woman or defiles a girl must die,” he said.
Museveni re-echoed the need for Judiciary to look into the issue of bailing out criminals with offenses like rape, defilement, murder etc saying this is a provocation to the people.
“I have been complaining about the issue of bail. This bail is a provocation and you would not want people to kill themselves over it,” President Museveni said.
President Museveni added embezzlement of government money and corruption, as another vice which the Judiciary must fight.
The President also spoke against provocations from the sections of the public saying this must stop.
“The other thing I must warn you against is attacking the army. The soldiers are people. So, for you to attack them and think things will remain the same, you are lying,” he warned.
“Transforming the judiciary”, President Museveni said, is a very good theme for this New Year, adding that Judiciary needs to transform so that the people get the judicial services and eventually justice.
The Chief Justice Alfonso Owiny Dollo revealed that in 2021, the Judiciary embarked on a grand agenda to transform the judicial landscape in Uganda by providing a meaningful access of justice to the people of Uganda in fulfillment of their aspirations and desire.
The President of Uganda Law Society, Ms Phiona Nabasa Gladys Wall commended the President for the financial support rendered to them in building the Law Society House.
However, on the same occasion Wall spoke against the recent security brutality towards some opposition politicians who were allegedly beaten and tortured in the hands of the security forces. She called upon security officers to always respect court orders.
“Thank you for setting the record straight about torture when you spoke against the vice during your recent address. Unfortunately, security has continued to torture people. They should respect the human rights of the citizens of Uganda.” Ms Phiona Wall said.