The report on the state of rule of law in Uganda by the Uganda Law Society (ULS) has indicated that there is an increase in cases of murder, theft of property, human rights abuse and lack of accountability by government officials.
While releasing the report on Thursday at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala, ULS President Simon Peter Kinobe asked the government and other stakeholders to create an environment for the rule of law to prevail in the country.
“The report has highlighted a lot of issues like the fishermen and the army, we have also talked about the killing of civilians by unknown people, for example, the bodaboda man who was killed last week,” he said.
Kinobe added that the report also focused on the graft and lack of accountability by government citing the last sum of money which was released for the construction of Lubowa hospital.
“Publishing this report calls for the government to take a strong step on these issues because they are the root causes of human right abuses in Uganda,” he added.
“The obligation of fighting crimes should not be left to government alone also citizens should get engaged in making Uganda safe.”
The rule of law report follows the recent report of Uganda Human Right Commission (UHRC) which also clearly showed increasing trends of human rights abuse by security agencies especially the army and police.
Med Kaggwa the UHRC Chairperson welcomed the reports and urged people to be very careful with their lives since times for elections are clocking in.
“It’s good that all reports about human rights pinpoint security agencies this calls for improvement in both police and army before election time comes in,” he said.