Min Jeje Odongo blames insecurity on Opposition politicians Bobi and Besigye

Internal affairs minister Jeje Odongo has credited the rising spate of insecurity and violence to Opposition politicians especially Bobi Wine and Besigye

Odongo claims that the uncontrolled movement of politicians especially Bobi wine who is followed by a large procession accommodates many drug users and ex-convicts.

During a press conference, Jeje Odongo said the government is aware of the increasing crime rates and measures to curb down crimes has been put in place

Odongo further blames people power aligned politicians Zaake and his partner Bobi wine of using the situation of high crime rate to discredited the NRM government yet a lot has been accomplished by NRM

While responding to concerns raised by Hon Francis Zaake (IND, Mityana Municipality), Gen Odongo said progress was being made by security forces to implement action plans suggested by President Yoweri Museveni in a past address to Parliament.

“The security agencies have tried to understand what factors drive this new crime trend and politics is one of the drivers,” said Gen Odongo.

“One of the greatest successes of the NRM government has been to provide security for Ugandans [and] this is why the population has voted for NRM; many detractors are aware of this and are trying to create the impression that the NRM government has failed on this,” he added.

The minister further blamed drug abuse used by ex-convicts and unemployed as a factor for the increased high crime rate

Uganda is facing an increased spate in crimes, especially around Kampala, Mukono, and surroundings. The nation is still in shock due to the murder of NGO worker Maria Nagirinya.

Gen Odongo presented a report card on the progress of implementation of President Yoweri Museveni’s famous 10-point security interventions delivered in 2018 to address the then escalating criminality.

Museveni proposed the recruitment of Local Defense Units as an auxiliary force, installation of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV), fingerprinting guns and issuing electronic number plates to motor vehicles.

Other measures included re-introduction of the 999 police emergency calling system, outlawing the wearing of hoods by motorcyclists, having illuminated numbers on helmets and regulation of unmanned air vehicles, popularly known as drones.

Odongo said LDUs have been recruited and deployed, with another pass-out expected in the coming months.

CCTV cameras, according to the Minister, have been installed in most urban and surrounding areas.

Gen Odongo said, “the Ministry of Internal Affairs is working with its Finance counterpart to ensure that taxes on CCTV cameras are scrapped altogether, to encourage private citizens to install the same on their properties”.