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Museveni: I support death penalty


Museveni passing out prisons officials on Monday

President Yoweri Museveni has said he supports the death penalty.

He made the remarks on Monday while presiding over the the pass-out of 1,548 prison warders and wardresses at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala.

Museveni said the core of Prisons is to bring correctional service.

“I believe in the Old Testament principle of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

On the death penalty, the president said: “I hear some people want to abolish the death penalty. I am not part of those.”

In April, Uganda People’s Defence Forces rejected a proposal to amend its Act to remove the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment.

The Law Revision (Penalties in Criminal Matters) Miscellaneous Amendment Bill, a private initiative of MPs Alice Alaso and Fox Odoi, seeks to amend sections of the UPDF Act to remove references of the death penalty as maximum sentence and convert them to life imprisonment.

There are 17 offenses in the UPDF Act that attract the death penalty.

They include cowardice in action, failure to protect war materials, offenses relating to prisoners of war, treachery, disobeying lawful orders and desertion.

The Chief of Defense forces (CDF) Gen. Katumba Wamala defended the stay of the death penalty especially in the army because the penalty is a preventive measure against irresponsible behaviour by the army.

“I do not support the Death penalty but if a soldier deliberately kills innocent civilians he should likewise suffer death,” he said.

Civil society on the other hand believes the penalty is too harsh and should be abolished.

In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled and declared unconstitutional the mandatory application of the death penalty.

Attorney General Fred Ruhindi says the death penalty should be retained for the most serious crimes.

Such crimes include; terrorism, murder, aggravated defilement among others.


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