President Yoweri Museveni has expressed dissatisfaction with judges who set free criminals arrested by security agencies.
Museveni made the remarks last evening while addressing a rally in Kyenjojo District.
The president noted that the projects that had stalled in the district because central government funds had been stolen will now resume.
The president said he had compelled the suspects to return the stolen money.
“The local leaders should have informed the public about this,” he told the crowd.
“It is a pity that whenever we arrest such criminals and take them to court, the judges set them free.”
He said these [judges] were setting government back.
“But I have discussed it with the Chief Justice [Bart Katureebe].”
Yet, not long ago, Museveni personally pardoned taxi operators jailed for or facing various offences including theft, tax evasion, assault etc.
The Head of Special duties at State House, Hillary Musoke, told The Observer, the amnesty covers all individuals arrested, jailed or accused during conflicts and operations between the different taxi associations on one side and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Police on the other side.
Musoke said Museveni wrote to Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions three weeks ago ordering him to implement the amnesty.
Meanwhile, in Kyenjojo, Museveni said the government will take over Butunduzi SS and seed schools will be built in Butunduzi Town Council, Katooke, Kigaraale, Kihuura, Kyarusozi and Nyabuharwa.
For the roads, the Kampala-Fort Portal road will be redone while the Hoima-Kyenjojo road is to be tarmacked.
Money has been earmarked and construction has already started from the Hoima side, he said.