Museveni argument on bail short of detail and substantial merit – Denis Nyombi

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I have got a chance of reading today’s New vision (Sat Oct 2,2021).

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Specific of which the account of Mr. M7’s argument against bail application in capital offences. Page 3 story written by Tadde Bwambale.

I find the account short of detail and substantial merit.
First bail and bail application are two distinguishable things.
Whereas bail is the temporaly relief given to an accused person as their trial subsists, bail application is the process one goes through to convince court that they qualify to obtain this temporally freedom.

Mr.M7’s argument infers or tends to infer, that once one is accused of an offence, capital in nature as his core objection, its automatic that one is granted bail. No. This in its self is wrong. Bail is obtained through an application. The application orla or written, must meet some tests. Its not a free take.

Further, Mr. M7 faults the court system for paying more attention to defending tge rights of the suspects without considering the plight of victims. This is wrong with dew respect Mr. M7. Permit me to ably say, no suspect is granted bail. Bail is a supsquent of an application, by the accused. A person qualifies to apply for bail upon being accused. Not a suspect. Slight a difference there is but that difference is the root of bail.

To apply for bail is a right. Bail per-se is not a right. The aspect of bail per se not being a right is rooted in the fact that there is an accusation against someone. He or she is not as free as he or she was before the accusation. He or she must meet some measures that shall be weighed in by the doscretion of courts to grant the bail.

In light of the above, i ask does Mr. M7 ‘s argument intend to amend the tenaments for bail application and the considerations court looks at? Or he wants to erase away the right to apply for bail on capital offences in totality!

These principals of law are more than 200 years old. They are they are the foundation of rule of law. It’s quite slippery to debate them on an amplified emotional temperement.

There are so many accused persons on various charges not even murder, that have failed to meet the satisfaction of court, to grant them bail. Therefore, bail is not granted as freely and luxuriously as Mr. M7 infers.

I also invite my attention to what fusion lies betwen capital offences as a political tool juxstaposed with frustration of bail application.

Nearly all the key leading politicians in Uganda are walking on bail forms. Dr. Besigye, Robert Kyagulanyi, Gen (rtd) Henry Tumukunde etc are on bail over Treason charges.
Betty Namboze is on bail with about 54 cases in her political career in various courts. By January 14, 2021, Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested over 89 times in his political career that is less than 10 years. Dr. Besigye has turned to make criminal law precedents and indeed his bail application forms what lawyers call the lead authority in bail application principles. He has have numerical standing of over 200 arrests in his political carreer.

With all these number of arrests and charges the only safety valve is the grant of bail that these persons have been chanced by our judicial system. To obtain their still tamed liberty.

The susceptability of putting political charges, capital in nature is as easy as tracing a boda on a Kampala street but getting out of the noose is as equally hard as tracing a pothole free road in Kampala metropolitan. That already scanty chances is to be further made deem dark if the right to apply for bail in capital offences is erased away. Its on record. No amendment of a law, occassioned by NRM, comes in a bona -fide spirit. Its always tainted with Mala-fides. Its hard to trace any trust of the NRM on matters of Human rights.

Denis Nyombi
The writer is a Criminal &Civil Defence Attorney

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