FILE PIC: Uganda calls for the abolition of the death penalty. / AP

FILE PIC: Uganda calls for the abolition of the death penalty. / AP

The European Union delegation has called on the Ugandan government and parliament to abolish the death penalty in criminal matters.

“The death penalty has no place anywhere in the world. It has no proven deterrent effect and makes judicial errors irreversible, ”said Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, Head of the European Delegation to Uganda, during the International Day of the Abolition of the Death Penalty celebrations in Kampala on Monday.

Mr Pacifici added that history has also shown that the death penalty does not deter crime, nor has its abolition led to an increase in crime.

“All EU Member States have abolished the death penalty and the EU is actively working towards abolition at the global level,” he said.

Uganda last carried out civil executions in 1999, while the last military execution took place in 2005.

Mr. Pacifici praised the delay in the execution of the death penalty.

Ms. Doreen Kyazze, the director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said that only 16 states in Africa now include the death penalty in their laws.

The continent recorded 25 percent executions in 2020, and death sentences fell from 325 to 304 that same year.

Acting government spokesman Mr Ssubi Kiwanuka said Uganda’s laws have been reviewed and the Supreme Court has a position in which [it] the death penalty not abolished.

He added that the court had instead reviewed how [the death penalty] should be operationalized with judges who have discretion in enforcement.

(With input from agencies)