President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi to devise a plan through which the Police intends to address the recent spike in incidents of murder and robbery.
The President said on Tuesday that such criminality is easy to defeat. As such, he has given Maj Gen Sabiiti two days to draw the strategy.
In the recent months, there have been murders in Kampala and surrounding areas especially targeting boda boda cyclists and mobile money agents, most of them female. In the case of boda boda cyclists, victims have had their motorcycles stolen while in the case of Mobile Money agents, the motive is often to steal the cash.
Whereas Police has made some arrests, the incidents have not ceased. The spate of murders and robberies has sparked debate with many questioning the effectiveness of security agencies in intelligence gathering as well as responding to crime.
Police has on its part always emphasized vigilance on the part of the population warning individuals to take precaution so as to not make themselves targets.
In a post on social media on Tuesday, Museveni said he will come out in the coming days to reveal to the nation what plan will have been devised to address such criminal activities.
“Fellow Ugandans and, especially, the Bazzukulu. In a few days, I will get time to respond to your earlier responses. However, for today, I will only comment on the pigs that are attacking People with pangas and mitayimbwa (steel- bars) and robbing them,” the President wrote.
“I have given 2 days to Commander Sabiiti of the Police to come out with a plan to combat these gangs. The IGP is away in Peru for a meeting. I will look at that plan, comment on it and it will, then, be communicated to all of you”.
Museveni assured the country that defeating these gangs will be yet another credit that his NRM government will take “because we are going to defeat them”.
“Yet, the People have already seen the bankruptcy and the criminality of these groups and those who back them”.
A few weeks ago, President Museveni convened meetings of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF’s) highest organs – the High Command and Army Council.
Museveni said the deliberations focused on the current security situation in the country and that security meetings noted the need for the UPDF to continue supporting other security agencies when called upon to fight criminality.
The President in a recent statement labeled anybody who kills people outside war “a pig”.
He said these criminals are stupid because “they forget that all crime leaves clues and, eventually, the criminals will be captured”.
He cited the Masaka gang of Kiddawalime, Serugo Paul and his Syndicate, Kanyesigye Juilius alias Mwesigye Amon in Rwizi and Kampala and the Usafi mosque criminal syndicate which he said have been neutralized.
The President however also pointed out that criminals “are helping us to expose the weaknesses of the Police or their allies in the Police” citing the case of Nagirinya when Police officers acted negligently.
“The officer at Kibumbiro Police post- Busega says that she tried to contact the 999 but the 999 was not picking until 00:50 hours. What is this – criminal negligence or collusion?”, Museveni wondered.
“The Policemen in the camera centres were asleep, only waking up to “retrieve” pictures from the memory of the cameras. Rubbish. You are not only supposed to retrieve pictures that happened some hours ago. You are supposed to watch live and tell the patrol vehicles to act promptly,” Museveni said.
He would later order for the arrest, trial and reprimand of all Police officers involved. He said these should never work in any government department ever, again.