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Gen Kahiyura is chasing his own tail

Ida Rolf once wrote: “The where you think it is, it ain’t circle. Everything inside the circle impacts the circle. That’s your body as a whole. Everything outside the circle impacts the circle. That’s your environment.”

The inspector general of police (IGP), General Kale Kayihura, believes the public has been unfair in its criticism of police’s work.  He believes Uganda has the best police force ever under his command.

But this belief does not tally with the rot exposed recently by the intervention of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) agents. Most of his trusted officers who were arrested were involved in acts ranging from blackmail to kidnap to corruption to murder.

General Kayihura is like the legendary irritated dog that was heavily infested with fleas; instead of seeking the help of the master, it chose to involve itself in the game of chasing its own tail. The more it attempted to catch the tail, the more confusion it caused for itself. 

Kayihura is one of the longest-serving IGPs, having assumed that office in 2005. Therefore, the shape and character of the current police force is directly his work.

While presiding over the passing out of 58 police officers at the Police Command and Staff College at Bwebajja, Kayihura declared that he had ordered for the overhaul of 4,000 criminal investigations officers.

He wants to rid the directorate of criminal investigations of bad apples. The clean-up, according to Kayihura, is to be followed up by further training by former USA Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and British police officers (Scotland Yard). 

Perhaps before the good general embarks on training, he needs to establish one thing in the forces: legitimacy. There is no amount of training that will turn police into a reliable and legitimate force if people do not trust it.

Our police force is so militarized that at times it appears like an occupation army.  The officers are armed to the teeth and sometimes the power of being armed takes away the people skills that police officers need to solve social issues.

The police have driven a wedge between themselves and the people. Some are like vultures, turning cases to be investigated into carcasses to be devoured. Certain cases can never attract the attention and expertise of a police officer because it is regarded as ‘dry’.

Kayihura’s reign at police has more faith in firepower than establishing legitimate relations with the community. But the firepower has failed to rid the city of criminals who attack residents everywhere and steal their property. At times they have killed those who try to resist them.

The firepower has failed to solve various mysterious murder cases of women in Entebbe and other areas.

It is under his reign that all manner of paramilitary outfits are taking over the work of police. We have had the Boda Boda 2010 who are not recognized by the law but they were armed. They had power to arrest, maim and kill in the name of police. Some police officers could not even touch the Boda Boda 2010 agents.  Then we had the crime preventers. This outfit was misconceived and ended up producing more crime harbingers than preventers. 

The Constitution and other laws such as the Police Act empower all citizens to be crime preventers.  Police didn’t have to create another force to augment its work. What would have worked better is to improve their social relations with various communities and perhaps recruit more police officers than engage in this failed project.

Community leaders are more suited to prevent crime than the armed preventers. These leaders know who is or not employed, they know school dropouts in the area, they know those involved in drug abuse, or the strangers in the community. They should have borrowed the idea of ten cells (Mayumba Kkumi) and improved on it. In the past, it did a wonderful job of gathering intelligence and dismantling crime cells.

What the general needs to do is to reestablish legitimacy of police with citizens. Ugandan women need to feel that when they are in the hands of police officers, their breasts do not risk being fondled. The men, too, should feel that they won’t be thrown under the seats of pickup trucks like sacks of charcoal!

Crime preventers should be dismantled and more resources invested in police officers. The welfare of police needs improvement. Otherwise, Kayihura will keep chasing his tail with no result.

The author is the business development director at The Observer Media Limited.

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+1 #1 Jama 2018-02-15 14:35
Don't expect any good results from a police commander who was nominated on tribal grounds.

In a police state like Uganda, the police is trained to defend a regime.Some of their modus operandi is to terrorize the population,hence distancing themselves from the later.

The police acts liked a super and untouchable force.They give way for criminals to operate freely and use them as collaborators.
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0 #2 Akot 2018-02-18 18:50
This article puts it clearly: Uganda belongs to museveni/family & they will NEVER let go!

This gives me opportunity to answer Ennu who said:

[Ennu

Akot, We hear you, and I think pretty much Ugandans are United, as evidenced by the unanimous verdict the masses passed in unity against the age limit bill.

I think We Ugandans who have grown here and suffered the brunt of this politics over the last 30 years while you are away are past the preaching of UNITY stage; the next phase needed is for action, and such requires people like you to be on the ground in the peri - urban; urban and rural areas to mobilize for action.

Otherwise, your preaching of UNITY UNITY UNITY on this forum day in and day out, will never yield any results. I think by now you would have realized that.

BUT, you are welcome to preach it, and yes we do listen too and read, but to what end, I ask?...
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0 #3 Akot 2018-02-18 18:53
...Ennu, this article gives reason to Akot in singing Ugandans to Unity from a distance because if, as you say Ugandans are United, then Akot will ask:

"Why is museveni still in power & perfectioning himself in how to handle affaires when he will be in complete control of Uganda officially-legally-constitutionally, while Ugandans who you say are United, will be the first to be surprised & won't know what step to take next?

This articles puts it clearly that museveni alone has a say & he alone will deceid while a people yo say are United don't even have a common opposition leader!

How on earth can any one born & living under museveni not be aware that without a common opposition leader, there is no chance museveni will be thrown out, more so, the tribalistic system he put in place is held firmly in place by tribal leaders?...
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0 #4 Akot 2018-02-18 18:58
...If Ugandans don't take this article seriously & really really UNITE with just 1 opposition leader, then museveni is surely on way to completing conquest of our country constitutionally!

There can never be Unity of a people without a common opposition leader to go with: who will take museveni's place, how, with what plan?

How can any Ugandan say the people are United when there are tribal leaders all over making sure museveni goes no where?

How can museveni be thrown out when there is no common opposition leader with the people behind?

How can museveni go when tribal leaders are making sure the tribalistic system is firmly standing & there is no common opposition leadership?

How can a people with tribal/opposition leaders all over be called aUnited people?...
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0 #5 Akot 2018-02-18 19:03
...Ennu, what does Unity to throw out a demon dictator mean, if not Unity of a people with just 1 opposition leader ready with socioeconomic programme to start working immediately?

As it is, which opposition leader will allow any tribal leader to hinder him/her & which of them will, if in power, let any tribal leader defy him-her?

Because all this is about power, right?

So, Ennu, who is leading the figh for freedom of Ugandans you say are United?

No dictator can be thrown out just through Unity of a people, unless there is the leadership that goes with it! As things are, museveni is assured of another 30 years, with police-army on his sides!

If Ugandans believe they are United, then this is so so bad because it's of no use without a common opposition leader!

How can Ugandans be United with tribal leaders all over?...
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0 #6 Akot 2018-02-18 19:08
...As it is, which opposition leader will allow any tribal leader to hinder him/her & which of them will, if in power, let any tribal leader defy him-her?

Because all this is about power, right?

So, Ennu, who is leading the figh for freedom of Ugandans you say are United?

No dictator can be thrown out just through Unity of a people, unless there is the leadership that goes with it!

How can a tribally diveded Ugandans be said to be United?

How old are those who brought museveni in power & how are their children born under the dictator living?

Any one outside Uganda can see museveni has his next 30 years already!
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0 #7 Akot 2018-02-18 19:14
[The inspector general of police (IGP), General Kale Kayihura, believes the public has been unfair in its criticism of police’s work. He believes Uganda has the best police force ever under his command.]

This is understandable because Ugandans are at peace with status quo & all the general can do is make his position clear too!

The outside world believe Uganda is a well governed country & the most peaceful in today troubled world where people rose/are rising up against governemnts to demand change-services...!
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0 #8 Akot 2018-02-18 19:32
Jama, agreed!

Only Ugandans can turn things round & this cannot be through fake peace because our people are not at armed war like tribalists yonder - the world knows the reason museveni holds on is because he rules through a tribalistic system held in place by Ugandans!

We cannot expect sympathy from the outside world while we maintain the tribalistic system!

Don't Ugandans see European racist parties had to change their attitude-words-behaviours...if they are to be allowed to be political parties?

Up to now, Ugandans have done their level best to make museveni feel at home while ruling them through a tribalistic system: musevnei believes he has the right to laugh at Ugandans openly knowing they are doing the right things to keep him in power!

When will Ugandans wake up as only them, have the power to say NO to museveni & this can only be through REAL UNITY with just 1 leader?
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0 #9 Akot 2018-02-18 19:40
Power hungry Gen Kahiyura seem to be frustrated too by museveni!

This is more dangerous for Ugandans if he decides to take over from the old man because it won't be S.Africa-Zimbabwe but DRCongo with the Kabilas!

As Jama puts it so rightly, Uganda is a police state & the war can only be among those in power while Ugandans continue to spectate!

Amin used to say: when 2 elephants fight, it's the grass that suffer!
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0 #10 Akot 2018-02-18 19:51
[Our police force is so militarized that at times it appears like an occupation army. The officers are armed to the teeth and sometimes the power of being armed takes away the people skills that police officers need to solve social issues]

Agreed!

This is what museveni wanted & why he replaced/transformed the former Police with his own version!

With Ugandans just going along, all that is left for museveni, before his general takes over from him, is to Reform the Republic he shattered, more so Ugandans don't want to Unite & the only other person who can stop another military coup is museveni himself!

If museveni has paved way for his next 30 years, does Gen Kahiyura agree with it & will he go along as second authority & not first?

Amin killed those army officials close to him because he believed they were ploting to take over from him!
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