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Police infiltrated by bean weevils - Museveni

Barely a week after sacking former inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura, President Yoweri Museveni has said Ugandan police has been "infiltrated by bean weevils", the reason for increased criminality in the country. 

Last Sunday, Museveni sacked Kayihura and Security minister Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde, replacing them with Okoth Ochola and Gen Elly Tumwiine respectively. While speaking at celebrations to mark the International Women's Day at Busubizi Core Teachers Training College in Mityana district, Museveni said his government will defeat the wave of urban terrorism that is threatening people's safety.

President Museveni inspecting a guard of honour mounted by women security officers in Mityana

"We are being challenged by criminals who are murdering, kidnapping and raping women in urban areas. But we shall defeat them. Crime is going to be defeated in urban areas the same way we defeated rebel groups in rural areas." said Museveni. 

Museveni said the "bean weevils" had failed police to fight the increasing criminality in the country. Kayihura has severally been accused by some sections in government of working for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to spy on Uganda.

It is not clear if Museveni's statement was directed at Kayihura or Kagame. It has also been suggested in some circles, that in fact, Kayihura had positioned his henchmen in key positions in police and intelligence to cover up crime and gather intelligence for external governments.

Last year, following the gruesome of police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi after his car was sprayed with bullets, Museveni asked Kayihura to clean up his police. 

WOMEN APPEAL 

During the Women's Day celebrations in Mityana, the women appealed to Museveni to help bring an end to increasing criminality that saw over 29 women murdered in Entebbe and Nansana municipalities in Wakiso district last year. Most of the murdered women were first raped and then sharp sticks inserted in their private parts. 

According to the annual police crime report, gender-based violence cases that were reported and investigated increased by four percent from 38,561 to 40,258 between 2015 and 2016.
  
The 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey revealed that up to 22 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 in the country have experienced some sort of violence. The report also reveals that annually, 13 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 report experiencing some sort of physical or sexual violence.

Cases of kidnap-for-ransom are also on the rise including the recent kidnap and murder of 28-year-old Susan Magara. Magara who hailed from the wealthy and politically connected family was murdered after 20 days in captivity.

Before cutting off two of her fingers and sending a torture video to the family, the captors had demanded for $1 million (about Shs 3.5 billion). The family reportedly paid her kidnappers between Shs 700 million and Shs 800 million. 

Museveni said security agencies had already arrested a number of suspects behind some of the killings.

"We are going to strengthen security in town to put a stop to people who are kidnapping people and asking for money," Museveni said and added that efforts are underway to increase the level of surveillance in urban areas by installing CCTV cameras, among others.   

Museveni however, ridiculed officers that are making it hard for criminals to be apprehended. He mentioned the weakness within the police force and the courts of law that have according to him led to the release of criminals.

"Many of the criminals were arrested like the ones who hacked people in Masaka during Christmas but the other day two of them escaped because of the negligence of the prison staff and the courts. These killers who had killed people during Christmas were brought to  court, the handcuffs were removed but it is the rule of the courts not to have people handcuffed. What is this? Who made that rule? I have never made that rule, I have been here in government for 30 years. What sort of rules are these?," said Museveni. 

He equally expressed disgust that suspects who had been arrested after an attack that claimed several lives in Bukomansimbi district, had escaped from court, in the presence of the magistrate and prison warders.
 
Incoming Security minister Gen Tumwiine said security forces have the capacity to deal with the insecurity in the country and promised to deal with the criminals.

"We have the capacity to deal with the insecurity and we shall defeat it," Tumwiine said.
 
In his remarks, the president called upon women who face domestic violence to come out and report the cases to police instead of just keeping quiet because they are scared of the repercussions they might face.
 
According to Museveni, many women are forced to keep quiet because they do not have the means to support themselves in case they are punished for exposing their husbands.

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+2 #1 Ugthinker 2018-03-09 10:25
Uganda then is under capture by the biggest weevil!
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+2 #2 Apollo 2018-03-09 11:48
Gen. Museveni's replacement of Gen. Kayihura with IGP Ochola appears timely and necessary.

However, it is strategically deceptive and calculated to hide his true strategic intentions.

Gen. Museveni's interest lies in the ground he is now preparing for the transition to the next president and a key requirement is loyalty, not to him only but to his likely replacement.

This makes the position of Deputy IGP extremely critical to his plans. As for Gen. Kayihura, Gen. Tumukunde and now Gen. Tumwine, the plan has been to place them in positions where they will be sufficiently humiliated before getting thrown out.

The very clean ones have to mysteriously cease.
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+1 #3 WADADA rogers 2018-03-09 12:17
Museveni has never trusted the police, he has always put him the army before anything.

The statement that the Police is infiltrated by bean weevils" being the reason for increased criminality in the country is a little bit absurd Mr. alpha and omega also referred to as the president of Uganda.
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+2 #4 gwok 2018-03-09 13:01
Quoting Apollo:
Gen. Museveni's replacement of Gen. Kayihura with IGP Ochola appears timely and necessary.

However, it is strategically deceptive ... Gen. Museveni's interest lies in ... the next president and a key requirement is loyalty, not to him only but to his likely replacement. ..... As for Gen. Kayihura, Gen. Tumukunde and now Gen. Tumwine, the plan has been to place them in positions where they will be sufficiently humiliated before getting thrown out. ....
.

If that is true, then the papa-doc handing over to baby-doc strategy could spell a disasterous future for Uganda, as was the case with Hahiti a few yeras ago.

The alternative possibility is not under his own planning because his power-dependants must also be reading what is on the wall (ask Robert about that).
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+2 #5 Jama 2018-03-09 14:02
If weevils have infiltrated a bag of beans ,its the owner to blame for his negligence.

It is universally known that there is no bad troops but a bad commander. Its for this reason a commander is judged for atrocities committed by troops under his command.

As for Uganda today who is the supreme commander? Mr.kakofira you have once again proved that you're no longer in total control.

Is not high time you give way for someone younger than you to replace and retire peacefully to rwakitura where you can watch your cattle grazing with all tranquillity.
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0 #6 gwok 2018-03-10 01:26
Quoting Jama:
If weevils have infiltrated a bag of beans ,its the owner to blame for his negligence.

It is universally known that there is no bad troops but a bad commander. Its for this reason a commander is judged for atrocities committed by troops under his command.

As for Uganda today who is the supreme commander? Mr.kakofira you have once again proved that you're no longer in total control.

Is not high time you give way for someone younger than you to replace and retire peacefully to rwakitura where you can watch your cattle grazing with all tranquillity.


Would he really watch cattle frazing with tranquility on that land, the ownership of which [we were informed recently] is also being contested?

Further, would the ICC be that kind too? There lies the fear of losing state pwer.
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+1 #7 miki 2018-03-10 19:00
Gwok, that land in Kisozi, which is currently Mr. Museveni's rach, initially belonged to the Ministry of Defense which bought it under NEC.

As then new president Museveni toured the country, people were donating cows to him. Mr. Museveni, then seemingly incorruptible, wanted livestock donated this way, not to go to him personally but to some kind of official presidential ranch which did not exist.

Ministry of defense offered to temporarily keep the cows on its newly acquired Kisozi ranch until the establishment of the said presidential ranch It is a mystery how this ranch eventually became Mr. Museveni's property.
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+1 #8 miki 2018-03-10 19:10
One time the Ministry of Defense was asked in a parliamentary committee how their Kisozi ranch ended up being President Museveni's personal ranch.

The answer was that the Ministry of Defense had Donated it to President Museveni as appreciation for being their Commander in Chief. Yeah.

This is a true story. Apparently those making the donation seemed not to understand how government property gets disposed of. This was one of the first major irregular transfer of government property to individuals in this government.
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+1 #9 miki 2018-03-10 19:15
Yes somebody in the Ministry of defense, on the behalf of the people of Uganda, made the Kisozi ranch donation to Mr. Museveni.

It was a blatant and irregular property grab.
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