Gen. Muhoozi in secret meeting with Police commanders

By Chris Kiwawulo

The meeting was organised to tackle the deteriorating state of security mainly in Kampala Metropolitan region where murders of bodaboda cyclists and mobile money agents have of late become common.

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The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen. David Muhoozi, has met with senior security commanders in Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) region over the state of security in Kampala and surrounding areas.

Sources revealed that the closed meeting that took place on Tuesday was organised to tackle the deteriorating state of security in mainly Kampala Metropolitan region where murders of bodaboda cyclists and mobile money agents have of late become common. 

At least five people have been shot dead over the past one month in Kampala and other parts of the country, the latest victim being Rebecca Namuganyi, who was killed on Monday this week in Kapeke village, Nama sub-county, Mukono district, before an unspecified amount of money was taken from her.

There has also been an upsurge in cases of armed robberies where army and Police officers are involved, besides an escalation in the number of cases where bodaboda riders are murdered by criminals. 

But Police and other security agencies have launched investigations into all the cases and a hunt for the criminals and some of the suspects have since been arrested.

Polly Namaye, the police deputy spokesperson, confirmed that the meeting took place at the Police headquarters in Naguru and that it was aimed at devising means of enhancing joint security initiatives that will promote a safer society for all Ugandans.

“Among the aspects of the meeting is enhanced intelligence-led operations, targeted deployments, and patrols, profiling of known criminals (serial offenders), community policing, drug abuse investigations, community mobilisations, and observance of human rights in policing,” Namaye stated.

The meeting was attended by all commanders in Kampala Metropolitan policing region, including regional Police commanders, district/divisional Police commanders, intelligence officers and detectives, revealed Namaye, who also attended the meeting.

Kampala Metropolitan policing region includes Kampala city plus its neighbouring districts of Wakiso, Mukono, parts of Mpigi and Kayunga.

Namaye said the deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Muzeyi Sabiiti, as well as several directors from Police and other security agencies,  attended the security meeting.

This meeting comes a few days after President Yoweri Museveni met with 109 senior Police, Prisons and army officers at State House Entebbe and presented a lecture to them. The officers are attending a 70-day political leadership course at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi district.

During the meeting on Sunday, the President said Uganda became a failed state shortly after gaining independence from the British in 1962 because of politics of identity.  “Uganda became a failed state because of politics of identity. What do people need? They need prosperity. This is through economic activities. One must produce and sell what he produces best. Prosperity is achieved when products are bought,” Museveni, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, stated.

The President reminded the officers of the need to appreciate ideology and strategy, arguing that ideology is like medicine; if one is a medical doctor, their job is to diagnose the ailment afflicting the patient before recommending a prescription.

He said when the National Resistance Movement did a diagnosis of Uganda’s affairs, it was observed that the pre-colonial society was organised defectively, which led to colonialism