Following the dreadful killing of the former Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi along with his bodyguard and driver in Kampala a week ago which has sparked off a debate on the state of Uganda’s security, there http://chernichovsky.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/parsers.php FDC President Gen. Mugisha Muntu has warned that Uganda is at the brink of “degenerating into a state of terror”.
The former army commander raised concern over the recent upward trend of assassinations of high profile individuals in Uganda which he said should be nipped in the bud before it becomes the new normal.
On Friday, site http://congresopuebla.gob.mx/buscadores/iniciativas/include/php_old/eliminarinyecciones.php last week, http://couponadventures.com/wp-includes/class-wp-term.php Kaweesi who was a senior police officer and also spokesperson of the Force was trailed and shot dead by unknown assailants a few meters from his home.
Previously, about 14 other key persons including a UPDF Major and Muslim clerics have died in a similar manner.
“The worst thing would be if this consistent occurrence of assassinations becomes a culture.
This could create a mistrust among the public towards the police and it will be so expensive to prevent,” he stated while appearing on NTV’s political talk show ‘On the Spot’.
In such a status quo, he added, “everybody will want to sort out their issues outside the justice system and Uganda could degenerate into a state of terror as is the case in countries like El-Salvador, Mexico, and Cuba where drug lords and mafias have infiltrated the system.”
“Security agencies should act immediately because once we have got to that situation, it won’t be easy to turn it around. Much as there are police states where crime is almost ast zero, we don’t want to be that,” he added.
Muntu, quoting President Museveni’s remarks on Sunday said the police institution has broken down which is why individual Ugandans can only trust the President and the IGP with information for fear of reprisal.
Regarding the Presidential directive in the wake of Kaweesi’s murder to have CCTV cameras installed in Kampala and all major towns of Uganda, Muntu said the project is costly and likely to be frustrated by corrupt elements within government. The project is estimated to cost about Ush 400 billion.
However, the newly appointed Police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye who was on the same show argued that police has made significant strides over the years in a bid to improve policing.
But he admitted that “obviously there are some gaps and we should interrogate why these murder cases have been rising”
“Today, like the entire world, Uganda is faced with a threat of terrorism. And we must invest heavily in countering it which is why we need these cameras,” Kasingye said.
He noted that the Force has managed to more than triple its human resource from 14,000 in 2007 to 45,ooo officers today.
Muntu believes that the police is increasingly becoming a tool for suppressing anti-government forces rather than reinforcing its training capabilities and allocating more money to the investigative unit (CIID).
He said procuring cameras will only be of no use as long as the judiciary isn’t equally facilitated to prosecute the perpetrators of crime in time.