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EXCLUSIVE: Museveni Grills Security Bosses over Abiriga Murder, Kidnaps

President Museveni on Tuesday met all heads of security agencies at State House Entebbe to devise means of putting an end to a spate of kidnaps and killings in the country.

In the meeting, according to sources, the President, who is also the commander-in-chief of armed forces, directed the security chiefs to clean up their departments and institute measures that will fight criminality in the country.

The meeting, according to sources, was attended by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, ISO boss Col Kaka Bagyenda, Defence Minister Adolf Mwesige, State Minister for International Affairs Okello Oryem, Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth-Ochola, Deputy IGP Brig Sabiiti Muzeyi, special presidential adviser on Special Operations Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and Director General of ESO Joseph Ocwet.

The meeting is a follow-up of the Saturday one when Mr Museveni tasked the security chiefs to find the killers of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga who was shot dead on Friday evening in Kawanda, Wakiso District.

Sources told this website that the President is said to have individually asked each security chief to suggest measures on how curb the increasing insecurity in the country.

The commander in chief is reported to have called for a crackdown on social media misuse, mainly the posting of messages that compromise the nation’s security.

Mr Museveni is also said to have called for registration of all weapons owned by the state and directed that security officers who collaborate with enemies and thieves be weeded out security.

When contacted, senior presidential press secretary Don Wanyama, declined to comment about the meeting, saying it is the responsibility of the army to comment on security issues. Army spokesman Brig Richard Karemire could not pick up our repeated calls.

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Following last Friday’s gruesome murder of Arua Musicality MP Abiriga and his brother Said Kongo, President Museveni Monday announced a ban on hoody jackets by bodaboda motorist, as one more measure hoped to curtail murders in urban areas.

The ban is an addition to a string of other measures that the president announced over the weekend, including installation of tracking devices in all vehicles and motorcycles.

The President, citing rapid population growth, proliferation of cars and many buildings coming up; likened hunting for assailants like those that killed Abiriga, to hunting for a needle in a haystack.

“You don’t need to bring soldiers to find that needle; you are wasting time,” he said.

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