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What Museveni said in state of security address

By Joseph Kizza

Added 20th June 2018 01:49 PM

"We are going to acquire capacity to quickly locate the criminal without interfering with other social media users," says the President on crime and social media.

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"We are going to acquire capacity to quickly locate the criminal without interfering with other social media users," says the President on crime and social media.


Live reporting by Joseph Kizza



5:05pm   Good evening!

That's the end of the session.

Have yourselves a good evening!






President Yoweri Museveni wraps up his delivery on the state of security in the country.

Up next, all rise for the Ugandan and East African anthems.





5:00pm   'All criminals will pay for their sins'

Finally, the President says the last measure goes back to the army.

As earlier explained, Museveni says the strategy is to have a small but well-equipped army.

"Our capacity is robust, created over the last 50 years. All the criminals, including those hiding in [Democratic Republic of] Congo, will pay for their sins."



4:58pm   New scanners for URA

For measure number nine, Museveni says "we shall acquire new scanners for Uganda Revenue Authority to apprehend people smuggling illegal stuff such as weapons".

"The scanners we have are not enough."





4:56pm   Regulation of social media

Museveni touches on the issue of social media, saying that some people employ this media to commit crime.

"We are going to acquire capacity to quickly locate the criminal without interfering with other social media users.

"Why should you hide your identity? We shall locate you. We could have blocked, but why should we blocked everyone? We shall go for only the jigger - not the whole foot," Uganda's chief executive says.



4:53pm   Regulation of UAVs

The seventh measure is to regulate the drones, and according to President Museveni, the defence committee has authorised 30 UAVs to enhance security. These drones must be regulated.

The responsible ministry needs to come up with a policy and a Bill for cabinet discussion and then presentation to Parliament on how to utilise the UAVs, says the President.



4:50pm   Speed of response - drones

The sixth measure to curb crime is the speed of response.

"I have directed the Police to revive the 999 and the Flying Squad - only that this time, the Flying Squad will be a flying squad and not a crawling squad - by providing it by UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) - some of you know them as drones," says Museveni.



4:46pm   Forensic lab

President Museveni, in a very lively address, underlines the fifth measure for fighting crime as establishing a modern forensic lab.

"I had thought that having the national identity card would capture all this information. However, I was told that the national ID captures only the thumb print and not the palm print.

"There is also the DNA."



4:46pm   So how about in the villages?

"People who go to the villages branch from the main roads. From the cameras, we shall know how many, say, motorcycles branched off from that spot. This will help us narrow down on the traffic so we can follow up."


4:43pm   Gun control

Way forward . . .



4:38pm   'Master blow' to criminals - cameras

Museveni says measure number four is the "master blow" to criminals. And that is the installation of security cameras on streets and highways.

"These cameras are like the human eye. I can see that these are bad people, these are good ones," quips the President, while scanning the chambers, drawing laughter across the parliamentary room.

The cameras employed should also have thermal sensors - for detecting criminals during the dark of the night.



4:35pm   The measures being taken - new helmets

"We need new helmets with illuminated numbers at the front and at the back. These helmets will be registered and put in the central processing systems of Police," says President Museveni.

He adds that these helmets and number plates should be made locally - just like other things like phones and TVs.



4:34pm   The measures being taken - hoods banned

Third measure . . .

"The Police has already banned people zooming on our roads wearing jackets with hoods. When we see you hooded, we shall challenge you."

He goes on to do a demonstration.



4:31pm   Fighting crime - the measures being taken

President Museveni says there should not be cases of undetected crime with the following measures in place:

- One, Finger-printing all the guns in Uganda, by firing each gun in controlled environments in order to capture the finger prints of the user. That will account for the legally held guns.

That, however, will not cover the guns smuggled into the country. Those will be captured through other measures.

- Second, requiring every motorist and motorcyclist to have electronic number plates with an electronic signal in them - to be incurred at the cost of every owner. "This will enable us to know which vehicle or piki piki (motorcycle) was in a particular area when crime was committed.



4:20pm   On murders

"When I intervened in the murders of women in Entebbe, in Masaka (New Year's Day), of accountant Susan Magara, in Namayingo, I just sat with the people. Straight away, you could see the clues," says the President.

"Negligence and collusion with the criminals by some elements in the security forces has been part of the problem.

"I had not directly involved myself in the fight against crime until the killing of Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu and AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. I had assumed that our Police Force, which is full of educated people, would handle crime. 

However, the earlier killing of Muslim clerics and state prosecutor Joan Kagezi, provoked me into action," says the President.



4:11pm   Vigilance key

In the towns, where there are more vehicles, more people and more motorcycles, alertness of both the people and Police would help.

"Take for example the women who were being killed in Entebbe. Initially, I did not follow because I knew the Polcie were handling. But when it happened a number of times, I decided to go there. I spoke with one of the women (a middle-aged mother), who was the landlady of one of the victims.

"She said the victim used to be on phone several times - even on the fateful day, when she was murdered.

"There is a problem of lack of vigilance from the public and the Police.



4:07pm   Vanilla and coffee theft

The President says that the more troublesome problem in rural areas is the stealing of vanilla, coffee, bananas or cattles

He says he created the canine unit in the Police to deal with that.

Rich farmers can employ private security organisations, he adds.



4:05pm   Peace from 'corner to corner'

From 2007, there has been peace in Uganda from corner to corner for the first time in 500 years, says Museveni.

"We never had peace during the time of the kings, during the time of the British (colonialists), after independence - and even after the NRM. Only until 2007 did we have peace in this place you call Uganda.

"It was only after defeating Kony (LRA), the ADF and the cattle rustlers of Karamoja. I am a man of this area, I am not an immigrant from anywhere, and I am telling you that this is the first time we have had peace from corner to corner. 

"Rural-based insurgence and cattle rustling were defeated."



3:54pm   Competence and equipment

"Having dealt with the strategic concept, we now have to look at the competence and equipment of the standing army."



3:47pm   Defending our country - with a small army

"So how did we defend ourselves? How did we defend our country when we don't have a big budget?

"We said, let's have a small army of well-educated people, well-equipped, well-trained, but let us also have a large reserve (technical crews, officers)., says the President.

When there is need, we call the Local Defence Units (LDUs) - in a bid to expand the army the way we want, says Museveni.

"We are not kateyambas [people with disabilities] - that is why we never have the UN [United Nations] to defend us, and we shall never have the UN to defend us," he underlines, drawing some applause with that comment.



3:42pm   Who are crime preventers?

"Crime preventers are Ugandans between the age of 18 to 65 years, who have military training in peace time, but continue with their normal economic activities," says the President as he talks about the security apparatuses on the land.

That remark draws some reaction from the attentive MPs.




3:35pm   How should the army be composed?

When we came to power in 1986, we set out to solve the issue of how the army should be composed, says the President.

"It should be composed national, based on quotas as well as be ideological."



3:33pm   History v current affairs

That's noted, Mr President.



3:27pm  'Detribalised, disciplined, ideological army'

Museveni says the stained history of Uganda was the very reason that FRONASA, the NRA, the NRM and the UPDF made it their core point of building a "detribalised, disciplined and ideological national army".

"We are people of this area from time immemorial and we shall be here forever. I am disturbing you by unearthing this history -  you know about everybody else but know nothing about yourselves."



3:24pm  'Weak infrastructure'

"When Uganda was subdued, the British colonial army was more disciplined and was rarely seen in public. But it had a weak infrastuctture of being mainly a tribal army of weak tribes.

"After independence (October 1962), this former colonial army became brutal," says the President.



3:19pm  'Uganda has had a lot of problems'

The President is going as far back as the colonial times, telling of how the likes of Sir Frederick Lugard "massacred" so many people.

"The point I am making is, this part of Uganda has had a lot of problems. We had the chiefs fighting amongst themselves and were very undisciplined. Then came the British (colonialists) - they came with their own problems," he says.



3:09pm  Historical perspective

The President is giving a historical perspective of security on the land.

"Since you [MPs] spend so much time in Europe, I thought I should bring you back down to our home," he quips, drawing applause from the legislators.

Meanwhile, there is a conversation going on on Twitter. Use the hashtag #securityUG



3:07pm   Spiritual practices






The President takes to the podium to begin his address.

He says he wants to sensitise the MPs and the public about "defeating the challenges of insecurity".





3:00pm  Introduction

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga sets the ball rolling, with introductory remarks.

She says this special sitting of Parliament is in accordance with Section 101 (2) of the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, which gives the President the privilege, after consultations with the Speaker, to address the nation every now and then.



2:53pm   Anthems underway

The president has been led into the chambers.

Time for anthems now.

First, the Ugandan anthem. Next, the East African one.






President Yoweri Museveni has just arrived at Parliament.

He is quick on the stairs and soon, he is led into the parliamentary building. Inside, the legislators await his emergence into the chambers.




2:30pm   'Full, lively House'

Parliament is filled ahead of the President's address.

Senior presidential press secretary Don Wanyama has just tweeted this:



2:15pm   'No Police bond for murder suspects'

In an emphatic tone last Thursday, President Museveni went on to scrap bond and bail for suspected killers.

"Going forward, I do not want to hear about police bond for suspected murderers. The other thing is, bail for suspected killers will not be accepted," he said, adding that he would tell the nation what his government is doing to "end this criminality".



2:10pm   'I am sad and angry'

The 2018/19 national budget presentation came only days after the burial of slain Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga - shot dead alongside his brother by unknown runaway assailants not far from his home in Kawanda, Wakiso district.

Museveni said he was "sad and angry" over the murder of the legislator and his sibling, but said he was "confident that we are going to defeat these pigs".




2:05pm   State of security

While making his delivery at the national budget reading Thursday last week, President Museveni requested the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to allow him time to address the nation on all matters security.

He got the nod.



1:58pm   Good afternoon!


A warm welcome to this live text commentary of an important event on a key national issue: security.

President Yoweri Museveni will be in Parliament this afternoon to address the nation on the state of security in the country.

We shall give you live updates of his delivery right here. Glad you are with us.


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