Former Supreme Court Judge George Kanyeihamba has said the country needs like young leaders like Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to prevent what he described as avoidable disasters as the Saturday Lake Victoria boat accident that has claimed over 32 lives, with many still unaccounted for.
Justice Kanyeihamba said the current government is more reactionary and does not have the capacity to draft and implement any laws.
“In 2021, I expect people like Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert, Hon. Kiiza Winnie and Hon. Gerald Karuhanga to be the ones in charge of this country. The reason we put term limits and age limits in the Constitution was to have all generations take part in the leadership and governance of this country,” he said while appearing on NBTV morning show on Tuesday.
He added: “The government of Uganda and our President are only interested in reacting to tragedies, prevention is not in our minds.”
The outspoken retired judge said policemen and marine authorities should also be charged with criminal negligence for allowing such a boat in bad condition to move on water.
“In law, we have accidents which are natural but where they warn you and you hear the message but ignore it then you are negligent. Boats go through storms, good captains take boats through storms, and pilots have landed planes in storms. I want us to forget about natural elements in the Lake Victoria boat accident.”
Justice Kanyeihamba said the boat should never have been allowed to move one inch.
He said the police knew the boat had not been on the water for a long time and it was being looked for.
Justice Kanyeihamba said the problem with Ugandans is when we fail to implement the law or fear to enforce the law, we blame the law.