By Andrew Baba Buluba
State House has issued a statement in response to Retired Supreme Court Justice George Wilson Kanyeihamba’s suit challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s move to scrap bail application for suspected capital offenders.
Kanyeihamba recently ran to the constitutional court seeking to block Museveni Move to amend article 23 of the constitution to make it hard for the judges to grant bail to suspects involved in commission of capital offenses.
In a statement issued this morning by the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Faruk Kirunda, State House described Kanyeihamba’s move as “speculative, premature, and misleading.”
Kirunda was disappointed that someone with an enviable wealth of knowledge of the law of Kanyeihamba’s caliber has failed to exploit several simpler options available to him to address his discontent but has rather chosen to run to court.
According to Kirunda, it’s unfortunate that Kanyeihamba, and others against the proposed amendment have opted to prioritize the rights of suspects at the expense of the victims. On this, he says that justice should not be one-sided.
“Justice is not one sided. We need to balance the rights of the victims and those of the suspects,” reads Kirunda’s statement in part.
He advised the Professor to engage members of parliament to present his case against the proposed amendment so it doesn’t pass through once it’s presented.
“Justice Kanyeihamba should instead engage Parliament rather than prematurely running to court,” said Kirunda.