Gen. Muntu calls for more funding for police
Referring to the resurgence of the panga-attacks in Greater Masaka, Muntu noted that this is all due to a lack of an eff ...
The former presidential candidate in the 2021 presidential and parliamentary elections, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, has blamed the increasing criminality in various parts of the country on limited resources for police which is mandated to keep law and order.
Muntu the founder and head of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) opposition party, said the government needs to invest more resources in emergencies like what is happening in Masaka.
Referring to the resurgence of the panga-attacks in Greater Masaka, Muntu noted that this is all due to a lack of an effective grounded intelligence network.
Since July 16 people have been reportedly attacked by panga-wielding thugs. So far 36 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Last year, 21 suspected panga-wielding men were arrested for allegedly terrorizing residents in the Kampala Metropolitan area.
“We need more resources for police to enhance their intelligence, detect, track the suspects and easily respond to search emergences like what is happening in Masaka,” he added.
While addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala, Sunday (August 29), Muntu noted that the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), which is mandated to investigate all cases is also underfunded.
“This limits them from investigating cases conclusively as they should be doing to investigate, arrest, and have the suspects tried and sentenced. Today many culprits who would be serving their sentences in prison are back on the streets because there was concrete evidence to pin them and they are the same people who return and start terrorizing communities,” he added.
Muntu noted that more money needs to be injected into the intelligence to easily help detect potential crimes and those who might be behind them.
“As of now, we cannot tell the source of the problem in Masaka until police and other intelligence organs complete their investigations. But we still insist that much more money is needed to facilitate intelligence in this country,” he added.
When contacted, the CID spokesperson, Charles Twine said the resource constraint is just one of the many challenges faced by the directorate.
“It is not just one factor. But as CID we must continue to do our work and have registered many successes and many suspects are still before the court, while others have been sent to prison,” he said.
However, Twine noted that a team of investigators has already been dispatched in Masaka and are working with other intelligence organs to track down the suspected criminals.
Other organs which have joined the hunt include the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), and Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force.
COVID-19 relief fund
Muntu also tasked the government to publicize the list of all the beneficiaries of the COVID-19 relief funds to clear the air within the public.
“We demand the list of people who received this money because it was no secret. The telecom companies have these records on whoever received the money. This will help the public to know, that the money was given out and even know those who got it,” he added.