Police has been infiltrated by criminals – President Museveni

President Museveni
President Museveni with the First Lady Janet visited the family of slain Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi at Kulambiro, Nakawa, Kampala. Courtesy Photo - PPU.

Security forces have been infiltrated by criminals a scenario that is putting so many lives at risk, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

Museveni said most of the said criminals connive with personnel in the Criminal Investigations department to kill evidence and threaten witnesses. He was speaking at the home of slain Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi in Kulambiro; a Kampala suburb yesterday evening. He tasked the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to clean up the force.

He added that people have lost trust in security forces and most prefer to talk to the president ion person, to working with the system. He said the situation is contributing to a rise in organized crime.

For instance, he said there was some evidence in regard to murder of state prosecutor Joan Kagezi in March 2015 but the case has not been fully investigated. President’s remark, partly blaming police for murders attracted applause from the mourners.

The president also accused public servants of holding government on ransom by demanding salary increment. This, he said has frustrated government attempt to work out its priorities.

“You (public servants) are causing troubles because of salary demands. If you read NRM manifesto, I have never talked about salary but you keep demanding salary but that is not our priority,” he said.

As a consequence Kaweesi murder, the President on Friday directed the immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and along the highways.

At Kaweesi’s home, Museveni further noted that wage bill has exceeded 4 trillion Shillings yet government need about 400 billion Shillings to install cameras in major towns and along main roads.

Museveni reiterated that he will not allow undisciplined public servants to frustrate his order to have cameras installed with their salary hike demands.

With availability of cameras, Museveni argued that investigations become easy because all motorcyclists will be tracked. He appreciated the work that police has been doing without technical support, likening them to a woman who goes to the garden without a hoe.

Museveni assured mourners that all criminals will be arrested and killed. He said NRM has defeated many criminal groups including Kony, ADF and cattle – wrestlers.

Museveni note that criminals prefer using motorcyclists because people riding motorcycles are many and can easily be used to escape. He said the suspected criminals may be coming from Democratic Republic of Congo.

He extended condolences to the family of Kaweesi and promised that government will support them.

“I want to pledge, we shall give his (Kaweesi) family all the support that is needed because he has fallen on duty. I want to extend my condolences to the family and to the clan,” he said.

Earlier, the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura said Kaweesi’s death could be a sacrifice for a new beginning. He said Kaweesi is irreplaceable and exceptional. He says he has quarreled with God on taking Kaweesi away at this vital moment.
He was speaking at a requiem mass at St Andrews Catholic Church, Kigoowa held in honor of the slain AIGP who was killed on Friday.

Kaweesi will be buried on Tuesday in Kyazanga, in Lwengo district will the two of the other officers will be buried on Monday.

– Uganda Radio Network