Uganda Law Society 3731The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has launched the 3rd edition of the Uganda Law Society Quarterly Report.
The report, which was presented to the public by the President of the Uganda Law Society, Francis Gimara, on Tuesday, 26th September 2017, at Sheraton Hotel is aimed at documenting incidents affecting the rule of law in Uganda so that all necessary steps are taken address it.
The Speaker said the process of making the law is rigorous and can take a long time. “We need to work together to see that the laws move faster but we need the government to have that initiative because sometimes they delay in bringing forward most of the crucial bills,” she said.
Kadaga said she was excited when Parliament took on the road construction companies that had refused to compensate people and recovered some of the stolen money.
“These people were never prosecuted and life goes on; we do what we can as Parliament but the people we bring to book are never put to task by the law,” she said.
Kadaga also said that there is need for a law to address economic rights because they are being grossly abused in the country.
“We have a long way to go on the issue of social and economic rights with the tendency being focusing on the political rights of assembly,” she added.
While making his remarks, the President of the Uganda Law Society said human rights were grossly being abused in Uganda.
“People’s rights must be respected; torture of people is appalling and Police is taking a partisan approach. I implore the Parliament to implement the provisions of the anti-torture Act to curb the rampant incidences of torture by the police,” Gimara said.
Prof. Fredrick Ssempebwa, the Chairperson of the Council governing the 3rd edition of the Law Society Quarterly Report said that the report highlights the developments in the rule of law whether negative or positive that have happened in the last quarter of the year.
“Just over a month ago, there have been issues to do with constitutionalism including the land amendment and age limit debate which should be subjected to wide consultation; harassment of those opposed to the age limit, invasion of Parliament by armed forces and others; these are signs of poor rule of law,” Prof. Ssempebwa said.
He commended Parliament for its oversight role, citing the case of the procurement of expensive Bank of Uganda souvenir pens, URA Shs 6billion cash reward and others. He however said that the public never sees the end to the investigations.