The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has today launched the 3rd edition of the Uganda Law Society Quarterly Report, aimed at documenting incidents affecting the rule of law in Uganda.
The report was presented to the public by the President of the Uganda Law Society, Francis Gimara, at Sheraton Hotel, and in her remarks at the function Kadaga said that there is need for a law to address economic rights, emphasizing that they are being grossly abused in the country.
“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. 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 said
In his speech the ULS President Francis Gimara said human rights were grossly being abused in Uganda. He also accused the police force of taking a partisan approach while executing it duties.
“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.
On his part Prof. Fredrick Ssempebwa, the Chairperson of the Council, said that issues of constitutionalism including the land amendment bill and age limit debate should be subjected to wide consultation.
“Harassment of those opposed to the age limit, invasion of Parliament by armed forces and others; these are (all) signs of poor rule of law,” Prof. Ssempebwa said.