Yesterday, gruesome scenes of security personnel emerged again at the International Crimes Division of High Court, Kampala when one of the terrorism suspect, a one Dr. Ismail Kalule was ‘rounded off’ and driven away to an unknown destination just minutes after being granted bail by the court. That’s how happiness turned into sadness for his relatives that were waiting for him at the court.
It should be remembered that this is not the first time these movie-like scenarios have occurred outside the courts of law. Media houses have always been reporting about incidents like this one. Is the judiciary still relevant in a country where security overturns court decisions like that? Why even bother bringing these suspects to court if they are already judged? And what image is the state portraying to the public out there? Isn’t this more like mob justice?
What disturbs my mind again is how can the judiciary sit comfortably and continue with business as usual when the state is disrespecting its decisions? Isn’t this disrespect enough to the prison officers who always look on helplessly as they are strapped off of their responsibilities in broad daylight?
According to Wikipedia; Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. In this case, the violent way in which Ismail, a civilian (still suspect) was arrested, the fear instilled in his family during the process of arresting him, isn’t it bringing us back to terrorism?
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