Chief Justice, Bart M. Katureebe has condemned the high-handedness employed by security forces while arresting Ugandans.
Katureebe was Thursday speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Rubirizi Justice Centre by the Chief Justice and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
It will house a District Court, Police Station and DPP offices. The construction will be completed in six months.
“Security forces, when you are arresting Ugandans, arrest them like human beings not animals,” Katureebe said.
He added: “We do not want you to bring people in court while bleeding, failing to walk and sick because such people belong to the hospital, not court.”
He quoted Article 44 of the Constitution of Uganda which sets out rights that cannot be derogated in any circumstances one of which is freedom from torture, cruel and inhumane treatment.
Speaking on the same event, Justice & Constitutional Affairs Minister, Kahinda Otafiire, asked Ugandans to allow the Judiciary make independent decisions.
“The Legislature and the Executive arms of government cannot negotiate with the courts for favourable decisions, because we will be setting a dangerous precedent.”
Kiruhura LC V Chairman, Rev. Samuel Katugunda, thanked the Judiciary for improving the image of the Courts.
He said complaints of corruption have drastically reduced.