KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday June 6 delivered the State of the Nation Address at Serena Conference Center in Kampala where he lauded security forces for ensuring peace during the recent Martyrs Day celebration at Namugongo.
Speaking to the Members of Parliament, Mr. Museveni said that some months ago killers, robbers and rapists had intensified their activities because the police was full of criminals but now it has greatly improved.
Referring to the recent peaceful holding of Martyrs Day celebrations where an estimated three million people turned up, the President said it shows that security forces have the capacity to protect Ugandans.
Ahead of the martyr’s day fete, the security agencies had put pilgrims on the high alert for suspected terror attacks.
Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye said they had received intelligence reports indicating that suspected terrorists had sneaked into the country.
However, through both covert and overt operations, police and its security agencies managed to protect Ugandans at throughout annual event.
President Museveni also assured Ugandans that the NRM government remains committed to ensuring a secure and peaceful Uganda.
“This has come about by promoting and upholding patriotism, democracy and good governance as core values for National socio-economic transformation,” he said adding that significant focus has now been shifted on professionalizing and modernizing the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and building the Uganda Police Force (UPF) capabilities.
He said that UPDF works with other security agencies to curtail any acts of lawlessness.