By Fred Kiva
KYOTERA. President Yoweri Museveni has used the 56th Independence Anniversary celebrations in Kyotera district to warn detractors and criminals that the country has now built robust capacity to crash them.
The President who before officiating at the Independence fete had launched the CCTV Camera national command and control centre in Natete, said having strengthened the army and built robust capacity in rural areas, the NRM government had defeated rebels and other criminals in the rural areas. He noted however that the criminals had now shifted to the city, “Urban crime which had worried our people, but we analyzed and found where the problem was.”
The country has in recent years witnessed violent crime where prominent personalities were gunned down around Kampala city. Those shot dead among others include; AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Prosecutor Joan Kagezi, Arua legislator Ibrahim Abiriga and former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira.
The President said with the CCTV Camera project, tracing such criminals would now be easier since video evidence will be readily available.
“Criminals in town are always in hiding so we needed sharp eyes, ears and nose to help us easily track down these criminals who use bodabodas. I was watching those who were eating ebikajjo (sugarcane) and littering carelessly and those doing things they are not supposed to do in one place. We are going to roll out that (the CCTV Project),’’ he said daring the criminals to either declare war and be crashed or surrender.
The President said criminals seem to be scared of what his government has achieved especially in roads and electricity and now they want to threaten the masses through committing crime, which he said will not be allowed.
“Those detractors seem to be scared since we have fixed all what was missing in areas of roads and electricity. About 7000kilometres of roads are now tarmac compared to only about 800kilometers we found, electricity scarcity will be history, so they want to threaten us but we shall deal with them,” he vowed.
The President also emphasized the need for enhanced efforts towards agriculture, highlighting a number of irrigation schemes which will be started in various parts of the country. The President noted that the agricultural sector was still doing poorly despite a higher economy growth last financial year.
“These Irrigation projects will enhance our efforts in agriculture,” he emphasized.
Mr. Museveni also stressed need for local leaders to mobilize their communities on income generation, through agriculture noting, “The bigger problem is in the mindset change, many people in the rural areas don’t understand the role of agriculture.”
During the function more than 100medals were awarded to civilians, activists and military officers.