It is now a common trend in our courts for suspects who have been acquitted or released on bail to be rearrested by security operatives and be driven off to unknown locations.
The latest of this trend happened on November 7, 2017 at Nakawa chief magistrates’ court when four of the seven suspects charged with the murder of Afande Andrew Felix Kaweesi were rearrested by plainclothes persons shortly after being released on mandatory bail.
This trend is now forcing suspects released to stealthily flee from court premises for fear of being rearrested on apparently fresh charges against them.
The question, however, is: if the police, in its so-called investigations, deem it fit to bring fresh charges against these suspects, why wait until the suspects have been freed to arrest them again?
The answer to this question is that the police and other security agencies are blatantly abusing court processes. What is more appalling is that the director of public prosecutions, who is an officer of court, is complicit to this abuse.
Take the example of the seven Kaweesi murder suspects: for the past 180 or so days, the DPP has failed to commit them for trial before the High court (clearly because of lack of evidence to support the charges), leaving the magistrate with no other choice but to release the suspects on bail as required by Article 23 (6) (c) of the Constitution.
If police honestly had fresh charges against these suspects, why not bring them within the 180 days? Did the so-called investigations yield results on the day the suspects were to be freed?
Basing on this trend, clearly, the so-called fresh charges are not only malicious but also brought in utmost bad faith.
Surprisingly, judicial officers seem to be condoning the process of court to be abused with impunity. Court should be used properly, honestly and in good faith.
The judiciary should not only condemn these acts, but also join in to stop such abuse of the justice system.
Let’s fight skimpy dressing in teens
Looking at the way girls dress these days, I wonder whether Ethics and integrity minister Simon Lokodo is in the country or not.
In some schools, holidays have already begun and teenagers are on the loose. Fr Lokodo should be on the alert.
Schools too must revisit their designs because some uniforms are very immoral. We can only stop this if we rehabilitate children starting at home. Together, we can make Uganda morally upright.
Ugandans can’t afford hydro electricity
On November 8, 2017, the New Vision reported that the government has flagged off the extension of electricity to rural areas in 13 districts of Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions.
The program is worth $16m and expects to connect 15,000 homesteads to the national grid. With the high levels of poverty in these sub-regions and other parts of the country, where people live below the poverty line of Shs 4,500, it is very clear that even if government extended electricity in rural areas and also gave free connections, most homesteads will not manage monthly electricity bills.
Let’s consider other sources of energy that do not require monthly subscriptions such as solar power.
Afiego research associate.