By Damali Mukhaye
Members of Parliament subscribing to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have vowed to block a proposal by President Museveni to amend the constitution and scrap bail for suspected capital offenders.
At a meeting held at Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala yesterday, a number of MPs told the President that the right of a suspect to apply for bail pending prosecution is a matter already settled in the law.
Sources who attended the meeting said one of the MPs, Bunyole East’s Yusuf Memtebuli who is also a lawyer reportedly told the President to go slow on his proposal because anyone could become an accused person for alleged capital crimes meaning removing the bail safeguard could rebound.
While at parliament, Kasambya MP David Kabanda said he would not support the President’s proposal because anyone could fall victim.
The NRM Caucus Secretary General, Lillian Aber, who doubles as Kitgum Woman MP says the President called for the meeting so as to present his proposals on how to manage crime in the country.
She says the President has asked the MPs to consult further after expressing mixed reactions and report back to him in 14 days.