President Yoweri Museveni has said that criminals who attempted to disturb Uganda's security have been defeated.
The President made the remarks after the reading of the 2020/2021 national budget by the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija.
Mr Kasaija read Uganda's budget for 2020/2021 financial year which will consume sh45.149trillion an increase of 12.36% from the 2019/20 financial budget.
"On regional relations, Uganda has built capacity to offer support when called upon by any of our brotherly neighbors. In Uganda, those who tried to destabilize our security through criminal activities have been defeated," said Mr Museveni.
Over the past few years, there was increased criminality including targeted killings of prominent Ugandans and women among others. The victims included security officers, politicians and ordinary citizens. This was however dealt with the restructuring of security forces especially the police. A number of UPDF officers were deployed while rogue police chiefs were either sacked or arrested and charged.
The installation of CCTV cameras across major cities starting with the Kampala metropolitan area also went a long way in dealing with crime.
President Museveni yesterday at State House Entebbe, through a technology platform, participated in the presentation of the national budget to Parliament.
Meanwhile, President Museveni expressed concern about Uganda's tax: GDP ratio, "which at 14% is still very low. Part of the problem has been collusion at URA to aid tax evasion. We have now cleaned URA and will do so with other agencies," he said.
It should be remembered that a number of senior leaders in URA have been relieved of their duties following the appointment of Mr John Musinguzi Rujoki who replaced Doris Akol as commissioner general of the tax body.
On the Coronavirus pandemic, Mr Museveni reiterated that Coronavirus can be defeated through discipline, vigilance and enforcement of the guidelines given by the scientists.
"This is not just a matter of policing, it's about your life as Ugandans," Mr Museveni said.