KAMPALA – President Museveni will just in a matter of hours this Wednesday June 20 afternoon address Parliament on the state of security in country following the increase in spate of extra judicial killings.
Shortly after the Budget speech at Serena Hotel in Kampala last week, the President promised to address Ugandans on the issue of increased insecurity in the country.
“Please Speaker, give me time next week to come and address this issue of insecurity in Parliament,” Mr Museveni said.
The President, who is the commander in chief of the armed forces, is expected to assure the nation that his government still has the capability to keep its citizens safe from kidnaps, abductions and murders.
The NRM government has always used security as its flagship achievement over the years. However, public confidence in our security agencies’ capability to deal with crime has been eroded by the recent increase in murders and kidnaps. Matters have not been helped with the dismissal in March of the former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and his eventual arrest last Wednesday. It is understood the former IGP and his henchmen during his reign as police chief will face several criminal charges in respect to the security breaches.
Over the last six years, the country has been rocked by more than 12 incidents of shoot and kill incidents involving high profile people. This year, the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara, a 28-year-old accountant, and now the recent assassination of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga have left Ugandans angry and disappointed. In all the previous kidnaps and killings, the police and other security agencies have always claimed to have arrested the perpetrators, yet the crimes, sometimes in a similar fashion, continue until a new trend catches on
President Museveni is expected to address the country on what security measures his government has put in place to stop the rising crime.
Amidst all these killings, the security agencies have not been able to conclusively investigate and arrest the killers. Therefore, Mr Museveni is expected to present new strategies by security agencies of investigating such crimes.
Mr Museveni is expected to present strategies on how to remove the many guns from the hands of criminals. He is also expected to brief the nation on the fate of police and army officers, including former police chief Kale Kaiyihura, who have been arrested in connection with abetting crime in the country.
The President is expected to talk about strategies his government is putting in place to deal with unemployment because it automatically breeds criminality and insecurity in the country.