Criminals Cornered as New Security Measures Begin to Bite-Museveni
President Yoweri Museveni has said the rate of criminality in the country is going down despite having implemented only 30 per cent of his 10-point security plan.
He was on Tuesday speaking to the nation a New Year address delivered from his village in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.
The 10-point security plan was first announced after a shooting which claimed the life of then Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga, who was gunned down by gunmen near his home in Kawanda, Wakiso district in June 2018.
This also followed a series of similar incidences involving high profile nationals, gunned down in different parts of the country.
In the aftermath, CCTV cameras were erected and local Defence unit personnel recruited and deployed in all parts of the country. The Police force also embarked on the registration and fingerprinting of guns.
Now the President says that although many of the other steps have not yet been worked on, the little implemented has ‘created problems for criminals’.
He is optimistic that urban crime will be defeated, adding that today, the ability of criminals to do bad things and escape is going down.
According to Museveni, crime had been aided by corruption and laxity of the Police force but hastens to add that with the recruitment of hardworking people, ‘the rotten potatoes in the Police will not waste Ugandans time’.