Amid increased infiltration of security agencies by criminal and foreign elements, President Yoweri Museveni has said that rogue security officers in security agencies who serve the interests of foreign forces will be jailed.
Museveni made the warning on Wednesday while in Luwero where he addressed the media, a day after touring various industrial projects in Nakaseke district.
He said that rogue officers in the security will be court martialed like some have already been.
“You have already seen some being court martialed. This is a big issue because some of these security organizations had been infiltrated and hijacked the way AIDS hijacks body cells,” Museveni said, vowing to deal with what he termed as “political AIDS” where security agencies serve the interests of foreigners and criminals.
Museveni stated that officers who use security agencies to serve their own interests would be dealt with and isolated in prison.
“Security organs are supposed to serve the interests of Ugandans, not any individual. It’s going to be sorted out,” Museveni said.
His statement comes at a time when several Senior police officers have been implicated in criminal activities including working with Rwanda to iilagelly repatriate refugees while some known criminal gangs have confessed publicly to be working with the police.
Members of the rogue Boda Boda 2010, a group which the Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura said has been helping the police solve crime, are currently detained for possession of military arms while some face murder charges.
But the crackdown on the rogue groups and some police officers has created a rift between police and the other security agencies that have been leading the operations. This has further worsened the already simmering relationship between Kayihura and Security Minister, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde as all military operations against criminality within the police force are attributed to the retired him (Tumukunde).
President Museveni used the press conference to warn officers in the security apparatus against bickering.
“The infighting is between individuals, but not the security organs. It’s a big [problem] which will be sorted out. You have seen that some of them have gone to Luzira and many of them will see themselves in prison if they don’t reform. It’s going to be resolved,” the President remarked.