Museveni’s death row vow misguided – rights body

President Museveni (centre) with Prison warders and wardresses after a pass out ceremony in Kampala on Thursday. PHOTO BY STEPHEN WANDERA

What you need to know:

  • While officiating at the pass out ceremony for prison warders and wardresses at Luzira prison on Thursday, President Museveni said he would decide on executing some of the prisoners on death sentence as a deterrent to rampant criminal tendencies.
  • Uganda last carried out an execution of prisoners on death row in 1999 when Musa Sebirumbi and 27 others were hanged in Luzira Prison.

Kampala. Amnesty International, an international human rights body, has warned that President Museveni’s vow to hung condemned prisoners is a threat to Uganda’s “decades of progress”.
While officiating at the pass out ceremony for prison warders and wardresses at Luzira prison on Thursday, President Museveni said he would decide on executing some of the prisoners on death sentence as a deterrent to rampant criminal tendencies.
“I think being too lenient is also becoming a problem because the criminals think they have a right to kill people and then just keep their own heads. So, I think I am going to revise a bit and hung a few,” Mr Museveni said.

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