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President Museveni wants Luzira death-row convicts hanged to send a message to those outside
Museveni last signed a death warrant for the execution of death row prisoners at Luzira prison in 1999 and military courts in 2005. Currently, there are 160 inmates including six women at Luzira prison who are on death row

President Yoweri  Museveni has said that some criminals on death row at Luzira Maximum prison must be hanged to send a lesson to criminals outside the prison gates.

The President’s comments came as he presided over the pass out 919 prison officers who completed nine months of training were passed out during the exercise.

 

According to Museveni, he has been very soft on criminals. Museveni last signed a death warrant for the execution of death row prisoners at Luzira prison in  1999  and military courts in 2005.

27 people in Luzira prison including Musa Sseburumbi, a Uganda People’s Congress party stalwart who was found guilty of killing Eldard Medard Luttamaguzi, who hid fighters of the National Resistance Army were hanged then.

Currently, there are 160 inmates including six women at Luzira prison who are on death row

 

However, some human rights defenders who have for years campaigned for the abolition of death penalty in the country have criticized the president’s  comments.

 

In 2009, the Supreme Court in a landmark case while upholding the death sentence ruled that the death sentence is not mandatory and that, the sentence of a  death row convict is automatically turned into life imprisonment if they are not executed within three years.