Bail reforms: Is Executive putting cart before horse?

Virtual court session of the hearing of the bail application by Kawempe North Member of Parliament Mohammed Ssegirinya. Ssegirinya is accused of murder and attempted murder in relation to the Masaka killings. NUP leader Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, believes that President Museveni’s proposal to scrap bail for capital offences targets the Opposition. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Government could soon introduce a Bill on President Museveni’s proposed legal reforms on the bail system, intended to tie the hands of judicial officers and police in exercising the discretion to grant or deny bail and bond, respectively.
  • The proposals already rubberstamped by Cabinet have, since their announcement, received flak from legal scholars and entities under the justice, law and order, sector, while the political Opposition is wary the scheme could target them, Frederic Musisi writes.

When the police publishes its annual crime report for 2021 early next year, the defilement case of Sarah Babirye's 11-year-old girl will be another footnote buried in the lengthy document. 

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