Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen. David Muhoozi declared to Ugandans that the current security situation should not arouse anxiety, saying that the whole thing is blown out of proportion by the media.
“The security situation in the country is not alarming; it’s you (the media) that amplifies it,” he said.
Though Gen. Muhoozi acknowledged that “there have been a number of issues which I think as a security family we need to talk about”, Muhoozi said that the security organs have the capacity to handle those security issues especially crime which has been to some extent pronounced.
The general made the remarks while responding to the media questions on the current security situation in the country during the decoration ceremony of 62 officers at the Army headquarters in Mbuya on Monday.
Gen David Muhoozi observed that the prevailing criminality is fed by many things which, according to him, are brought about by the improvement in the country’s economy, population increase as well as advancement in technology.
To that end, he called on fellow security officers stop “lamenting” and focus on coming up with working solutions.
“It’s not about lamenting but about looking for solutions that work and I think with the team at Police and other security organs, we shall find consensus on what to do moving forward,” he said.
Recently Uganda has been hit by violent and disturbing crime waves, notably kidnaps and serial killings.
This prompted an outpouring from the public, especially calling on President Yoweri Museveni to replace Gen Kale Kayihura as Inspector General of Police. Critics argued that he had failed to direct police on containing crime.
On March 4, President Yoweri Museveni replaced Kayihura with Okoth Ochola, who will be deputized by Brig. Sabiiti Muzei.
On the same day, Gen Henry Tumukunde, who was a security minister and was seen to have been in a deep-seated rivalry with Kayihura, thus the weakening security system — was replaced with Gen Elly Tumwine.
Ugandans are now counting on the new security chiefs for their safety.