Heads of security in Uganda have assured the public that there is no need to worry because they are on top of the situation in the country.
As the country was trying to come to terms with the recent rampant kidnaps and murders in the past few months, another calamity hit when Arua Municipality Member of Parliament was assassinated.
As he returned home in Matugga, Wakiso district on Friday evening, Abiriga’s beetle Volkswagen was showered with bullets killing him instantly together with his bodyguard brother Saidi Kongo.
A number of people have since questioned the security situation in the country and the ability by government to protect Ugandans.
However, addressing a national security briefing at the Kampala Serena hotel on Monday, the various chiefs in the country said they are on top of the game.
“The general security of the country isn’t as alarming as some people would want others to believe. We’re in charge. I admit we have had a spate of kidnaps but we’re in charge, the security is doing what it’s supposed to do,”the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola said.
“There are people out there who have been raising anxiety but if we weren’t in charge, there would be lawlessness everywhere.”
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen.David Muhoozi said that security organs are unified and at the top of the situation in the country.
He however mentioned that there are some elements of criminality caused by what he termed as snippet cells of ADF rebels but said these have been amplified due to publicity adding anxiety to the public.
The security chiefs however noted that there are a number of measures put in place to ensure they streamline the security problem in the country.
“We are now putting in place a number of measures including taking stock of fire arms in individual hands. We shall record each fire arm and its features so if one is used in mischief, we can get the owner,” Gen. Muhoozi noted.
“In most cases we respond after the fact but we want to have first line of security in form of Local Defence Units and can be reinforced by other security agencies.”
The Internal Affairs minister, Gen.Jeje Odong however asked the public and the media to desist from bashing government for failure to step up their game in ensuring security because the criminals are part of the society.
“They don’t come from outside world but are amongst us. They are your brothers, fathers and relatives. We all live in dynamic societies,”Odong said.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website