Police had been infested with weevils – Museveni


Four days after sacking Gen Kale Kayihura as police chief, President Yoweri Museveni has given hints on his last weekend’s decision.

Speaking at Busuubizi in Mityana during the commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, Museveni said, the police force got infested with a weevil that made it ineffective.
This, Museveni said, had made it difficult to deal with criminality in the country.

“We have defeated terrorism in Uganda and it will never come back especially in rural terrorism. However, we have a problem of crime in the towns mainly because of the big numbers of human beings, cars, boda bodas and phones,” Museveni said.

This, he said, will be dealt with once government installs Close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the towns and highways to ease the monitoring of the country’s security.

“It takes time to arrest (the criminals) because recognition is not immediate,” Museveni said.
Museveni spoke at length about the mysterious murders that have rocked the country since 2014 when a number of Muslim clerics were murdered as well as the recent wave of kidnappings.
Museveni said while some suspects had been arrested, police have not done enough to arrest the situation.

“Some of the criminals are known, the police could have done more,” Museveni said.
He said, had it not been for the kawukuumi (weevils) that had eaten up the police, all the suspects would have been arrested already.

He said, the police had failed to arrest all the suspects in the murder of former principal state prosecutor Joan Kagezi and former Police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

On March 5, Museveni sacked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura and replaced him with his hitherto deputy, Martin Okoth Ochola.

Ochola on Wednesday told members of Parliament’s Appointments Committee about his disappointment with the way Kayihura managed the Police.

He said, the police force died the day Gen Katumba Wamala, the current State Minister for Works was replaced as IGP. Kayihura replaced Katumba as IGP in November 2005.

Museveni also chided the Prison services and the judiciary for last week’s escape of two key suspects in the New Year’s day killings in Bukomansimbi.

Musa Galiwango alias Daudi Kaweesi and Muhammad Kiddawalime alias Medi escaped from the Chief Magistrate’s court in Masaka on March 1. The duo had been taken before the Masaka Chief Magistrate Samuel Monobe for committal to the High Court.

Museveni blamed their escape on negligence of the prisons staff.
“I went to Bukomansimbi myself to oversee the arrest of the criminals but because of the negligence of prisons staff and the courts, two of them escaped and I have directed the Commissioner General of Prisons Johnson Byabashaija to make sure that they’re re-arrested,” Museveni said.

He questioned why capital offenders don’t remain in handcuffs during court sessions since that way, escapes can be avoided.