KAMPALA- Legal aid service providers have asked government to exhaustively investigate the rampant murders in the country and have the perpetrators brought to book.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, the lawyers said the murders and kidnaps have exposed lapses in the security system that must be fixed urgently.
Ms Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa, the executive director of Legal Aid Service Providers’ Network, said the network was deeply concerned about the escalating kidnaps and killings, which have created fear and tension among Ugandans.
“It is disheartening to note that the killings by unknown assailants have this year intensified and taken on a more dangerous and bold form in most parts of the country,” Ms Mukasa said.
“Consequently, they have caused a lot of anxiety among the citizens who are increasingly feeling insecure and the trend continues,” she added.
Ms Mukasa also said the murders infringe on a number of fundamental human rights provided for in the Constitution and other human rights instruments to which Uganda is part of.
“The police need to undertake thorough investigations and get to the root cause of the problem that has led to escalated levels of criminality. We appeal to all security organs to make comprehensive investigations into these mysterious murders, to apprehend the perpetrators and come up with a strategy to stem the growing vice,” she said.
The activists asked Cabinet to prioritise allocation of resources to the police budget to allow for more capacity building of Police officers to fight crime and improve on their remuneration.
They urged Parliament to convene a special sitting in honour of the departed, deliberate on the vice, devise strategies and hold government institutions accountable.
“Security organs should make joint investigations with the police particularly on the causes, motives and mode of operation of these mysterious murders to inform future interventions. Uganda Communications Commission and telecom companies should also undertake an internal audit to establish the source of unaccounted sim cards and call logs that the criminals are using to accomplish their mission; to be accountable and strengthen their information system monitoring,” Ms Mukasa said.