By Fred Kiva
President Yoweri Museveni has given a two day’s ultimatum to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj.Gen. Sabiiti Muzeeyi to give his detailed plan on how to crack down on rampant criminal gangs terrorizing residents.
In a statement, the President said he is well aware of the criminal gangs that are attacking and robbing people using machetes and "Mitayimbwa" (Steel bars). He noted however that these gangs are easy to defeat like it has been the case in Greater Masaka and Entebbe. Museveni added that he has given two days to the Deputy IGP to come up with a plan on how to defeat those criminal gangs, since the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola is away in Peru.
Below is the President’s full statement
Fellow Ugandans and, especially, the Bazzukulu.
Greetings to all of you. I have been moving to Addis Ababa, Juba, Jinja etc. Today, I am busy with Cabinet. In a few days, I will get time to respond to your earlier responses. However, for today, I will only comment on the pigs that are attacking People with pangas and mitayimbwa (steel- bars) and robbing them.
These are gangs we shall easily defeat. That is what we did with the Kiddawalime gang in Masaka, the gang of Bukomero, the gang of Entebbe etc.
I have given 2 days to Commander Sabiiti of the Police to come out with a plan to combat these gangs. The IGP is away in Peru for a meeting. I will look at that plan, comment on it and it will, then, be communicated to all of you.
It is easy to defeat these gangs. Their crimes will only add to the credit of the NRM because we are going to defeat them. Yet, the People have already seen the bankruptcy and the criminality of these groups and those who back them.