The clock is ticking for Uganda to take stock of its security apparatus.

The recent murder of the member of parliament in Arua Municipality, Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga has finally got the top leadership of the country talking; which also consisted of blowing their whistle. The narratives being pushed by media platforms like The Rwandan only reiterate what a number of NRM parliamentarians and their top leadership are trying to imply towards witch hurt on their opposition colleagues in a manner that is meant to sway the public opinion that security in Uganda is Guru-guru.

Following the just concluded media discussion on the status of National Security in Uganda,  that had the top of the security apparatuses in Uganda only affirmed to on one hand, how far this witch-hunt of opposition can go, and on the other, what the rumours on the streets say about the likelihood that Uganda’s security organs have clear mandates but in practice are an intertwined piece of wood that to best understanding might require cutting off or/ more pruning. Here I try to break down the different issues to put it all in the context that indeed, we a ticking clock towards every Ugandan for him or her self-security.

Nonetheless, if our top leadership is to be sincere to itself, they would realise that the current series of murders is indeed as a result of a social injustice that has resulted in neglect both by the different state apparatuses, from presidency to the legislature and the judiciary in giving an enabling environment to the existing legally binding structures that have clearly defined mandates to work for the citizens of Uganda. Some have over the years called it intrigue, I call it greed.  

I call it greed based on the following: the newness of murder crimes in Uganda; the realities of registering or following up on a criminal case at a Ugandan police station; the overall working culture that gets awarded; I also try to put meaning to General Muhoozi’s comment ‘of porous borders’.  

On the newness of murder crimes in Uganda. Mr Abiriga is not the first, and at this rate, we know he is not going to be the last. There are a number of murders in our country that to the public eye are still pending. Yes, the media reported the high-level killings of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi and has also tried to report the series of these crimes, but nothing is hardly heard from the Police actions other than Security is Guru-guru. It might have been only  Guru-guru at the high level secured places and profiles and not to the ordinary person who is relying on the neighbourhood watch and fear. As well articulated by Bernard Tabaire, from the high-level accounts to the many women that were found killed along Entebbe road and other suburbs in Kampala, it is clear that the unsolved killings continue to put the spotlight on the security apparatuses in Uganda.

More so, it is also important to highlight the recent activist actions that echoed for justice to be served and called for the state to provide a peace of mind to their families, as best quoted by Jamila Namyalo in Wakiso Murders demand for a mourning day, the director of programmes at the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers, Ms Lilian Byarugaba is reported to have said  “We want government to improve coordination, especially in planning and allocation of resources to deliver sustainable and effective interventions for prevention and response to GBV.” Read More »

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