President Museveni has advised Uganda Police to ‘listen to the citizens,’ avoid highhandedness in dealing with the public and increase efforts to clear ‘rotten elements in security agencies.
The call was made in his State of the Nation Address, which hinged on peace, development of infrastructure and human resource, wealth creation, job creation and market access.
Museveni noted that police and intelligence services have been rightfully criticized by the public for being lax in handling information given to them by the public. He cited that sometimes information is leaked, corruption in form of extorting money from the public, high handedness and protecting criminals or allowing criminals to infiltrate police.
“The police leadership must therefore carefully listen to the public and clean up the few rotten elements. Otherwise, I can inform the public, that ever since 1980 when we started recruiting educated people into that force, the police have got very large number of capable cadres.” Museveni said.
The president warned that the police officers who taint their hands while hobnobbing with criminals will only let themselves down and that the police force will continue to grow stronger as it was planned to do.