President Museveni has reassured the country of safety despite a shooting incident this week by assassins that wanted to claim the life of Gen Katumba Wamala, a UPDF representative at Parliament and also the immediate former works and Transport Minister.
The President made this assurance while delivering his address on the State of the Nation to Parliament chaired by Speaker Jacob Oulanyah on Friday, 04 June 2021 held at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
“The country is secure and is progressing; the criminality around Kampala has been defeated and will be defeated,” said Museveni.
He was optimistic that the assassins that wanted to claim the life of Gen Katumba Wamala would be apprehended. He promised that he would closely follow the investigations of the incident to its conclusion.
The President was, however, concerned by the poor strategy by the police in coordinating the camera centres alert with the police patrols and the unmanned air vehicles [drones].
“The recent shooting of Gen Katumba shows the poor methods of the police; why didn’t the camera centres alert the patrols and the unmanned air vehicles [drones] which we have, to follow those people,” he said.
He was equally concerned by the use of mobile phones by Police in coordinating their activities and operations, which he said was unreliable and could communicate simultaneously to the entire command structure. He directed police to stop using mobile phones and revert to the radio messaging system which is more efficient and effective.
Museveni attributed the reduction of shootouts in the last three years to the installation of security cameras across the city. He, however, challenged the police to work in their ability to scramble a military response to the attackers’ post-incident.
partly attribute the reduction of criminality in Kampala and its neighbourhoods to the installation of security cameras across the city in 2019.