By Max Patrico Ocaido
Newly appointed Security minister Gen Elly Tumwine has told Parliament that the bad blood between Uganda Police Force and Ministry of Security was only being fueled by individuals.
Gen Tumwine reportedly told Members of Parliament sitting on the Appointments Committee where he was appearing on Wednesday morning for vetting.
According to a source who spoke to Kampala Post on the condition of anonymity, Francis Mwijukye, Buhweju County MP asked Gen Tumwine how he would deal with the disharmony among security agencies that saw President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday evening fire IGP Kale Kayihura and security minister Gen Henry Tumukunde.
In his response, Gen Tumwine, who has reportedly been approved, told the Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga that the bad blood between the security institutions has been caused by individuals and not as bodies. Gen Tumwine vowed to end the bad blood fueled by individuals among the security agencies.
“It is not security organs that are fighting. It is personalities that are fighting and not organs, but this is something I will deal with,” Tumwine is quoted as saying.
Gen Tumwine also told the Committee that as Security Minister, he can't singlehandedly ensure security without contribution from other security organs.
He called for collective effort from everyone to fight insecurity. While addressing the media after the vetting session, Gen Tumwine called for a combined effort in revamping security systems in the country.
“With all us using our good will, we shall come together and work for our country instead of being divided. There is going to be coordination among the teams,” he said. He added, “There are just a few evil minded people but the majority are good. We need to marshal the good minded people we have so that the evil ones don’t spoil the good ones.”