President Yoweri Museveni is tomorrow, Friday holding an impromptu address to the nation, State House has announced.
The President according to his Press Secretary Linda Nabusayi, will address the nation tomorrow, October 01, 2021 on “matters of National importance”
The address will be live on electronic media starting at 8pm from the Nakasero State Lodge.
While Nabusayi did not specify what the President wants to address the nation about, he is expected to touch on the debate that has been raging about his proposal to amend the constitution to remove the right to bail for suspects in serious crimes.
Museveni wants people arrested in crimes such as murder and treason to be automatically disqualified from filing for bail.
The President’s proposal has so far enlisted little support, even among his closest allies and attracted retrieval from the political opposition and outspoken human rights defenders.
During a meeting earlier this week with members of his NRM Party caucus at Kololo, all 10 MPs who spoke on the matter, reportedly opposed this proposal.
Museveni however, insists that granting bail to serious offenders is a “provocation” to the affected members of the community.
Kitgum District Woman MP Hon Lilian Aber told this website that after the meeting, President Museveni asked them to continue consulting amongst themselves on the matter.
“It is not true that he sent us to consult the electorate, because that would mean facilitating us to travel to the constituencies. He just said we should consult among ourselves,” she said.
The consultation, Abel says, is supposed to last two weeks, but adds that nothing has been scheduled thereafter.
Museveni’s push for the bail amendment followed the arrest and detention of two members of parliament Allan Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya, on allegations that they planned the recent machete murders in the Masaka area.
The MPs have since been rearrested after they were granted bail, and charged with new offences.