Opposition Opposes Trying civilians in Court Martial
The opposition is opposed to the continued practice of the general court martial to prosecute suspects on criminal cases.
The shadow minister for Justice and constitutional Affairs Medard Lubega Ssegona notes that the general court martial was meant to carry on disciplinary actions to the UPDF officers but now it ensued powers that would have been for the judiciary to try even the civil and criminal matters.
Presenting an alternative statement for justice and constitutional affairs to the legal committee of parliament, Ssegona states that by trying civilians in the general court martial is restricting them of their rights of attaining a number of legal services especially in the office of the Director of public prosecution who is mandated by the constitution to handle and prosecute all criminal cases in the country.
He maintains that its illegal for the executive arm of government that houses the UPDF/general court martial to take on the role of the judiciary hence the suspects in this case are likely not to attain justice because the executive that employees them is at the same time one that prosecutes them.
The same alternative policy statement further urges government to consider fully operationalize the office of the DPP to ensure these are rolled out across the country.
He says the office of the DPP’s presence is only visible in 92 districts out of 112 districts throughout the country hence leaving a gap in districts like Luwero, Hoima, Iganga, Tororo, Rukungiri among others where the high court prevails and in need of DPP services.