Kayihura Blames Social Media Again For Political Unrest

there geneva;”>“Indeed, page our resolve and conviction have been demonstrated by our participation in the ongoing task under AMISOM, of resurrecting the state of Somalia,” the President made these remarks in a speech read for him by the Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, while opening the 14th East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) at Speke Resort Munyonyo, today.

The President said that the critical challenge facing Police Forces in the region is the question of ideology.

“The Police Forces still concentrates more on addressing technical aspects of policing and pays little attention to ideology,” Gen. Museveni said, adding, ”the ideological orientation of your Forces will greatly affect the quality of your services.”

He said that Policing is still approached as if it were an in itself rather than a means to facilitate and propel development.

“Without ideology sensitized Police Forces, you will not effectively fulfill your mandate. Therefore, in addition to the very much needed morale boosting through improved working conditions and remuneration, correct ideology is an imperative for effective performance,” the President added.

He said that, the task of Police is not policing for the sake of it, but rather to eliminate crimes and create conducive environment for economic development.

“The economic costs and burden of crime, though not well documented, are very high,” Museveni observed.

The President added that EAPCCO should work to inculcate the norms and valves of patriotism into the Police Forces.

“Patriotism is most critical in the Police Force, if you are to serve with dedication and devotion. We must have a Police Force that is: non-sectarian in terms of region, tribe, or chauvinism in terms of gender.”

The Inspector General of Police –Uganda, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura in his welcome remarks, recognized the unique contributions, the Rwandan IGP made towards the development of EAPCCO.

“Comradely and untiring attitude, dedication and enthusiasm, as well as creativity, saw new innovations such as the recent successful command Post exercise held in Kigali, Rwanda this year. Indeed, this was a great contribution towards building joint policing doctrine and strategy, not simply through theoretical power point presentations, but by conducting practical exercises,” Gen. Kale Kayihura commended his Rwandan counterpart Gasana.

He said that the line between public disorders, riots, and terrorism is increasingly becoming very thin, and puts to test our traditional public disorder management doctrines and strategies.

“How do we maintain the civility of policing in the face of increasingly military like threats in our streets and neighborhoods, a cocktail of so called demonstrators, rioters, suicide, and other armed terrorists?” Kayihura wondered.

“The, internet-linked criminality, whether in the form of cyber crime is facilitating all sorts of frauds, or misuse of the social media to misinform, and quickly mobilize groups to cause chaos.”

Kayihura yesterday appealed to police chiefs to devise means of controlling what he termed as the “misuse” of social media.

Several pressure groups such as Activists for Change (A4C) run groups on social network Facebook with thousands of members where they exchange views on political trends in the country.

It’s yet unclear whether he was referring to members on such social media groups.


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