President Museveni has threatened to crack the whip if the leadership of Police and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) do not stop fighting.
Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura does not see eye to eye with Security Minister Gen Henry Tumukunde and ISO Director General, Col Kaka Bagyenda.
The infighting came to the limelight last year when ChimpReports broke the news of police trying to force its way into the residence of Christine Mbabazi, the former girlfriend of slain AIGP Andrew Kaweesi.
Since then, the two institutions have been arresting each other’s operatives.
At one time, Gen Tumukunde personally stopped the police-led eviction exercise at Panamera Bar in Kampala.
A visibly angry Tumukunde warned the area police commander of a “counter force” if he chose to defy his orders.
But speaking to police officers at Kigo, Gen Kayihura expressed shock that a Police Commander could be intimidated by a Minister.
“Stand your ground. Don’t start trembling while doing your job,” said Kayihura in a show of defiance.
The two institutions had earlier clashed during the investigation into the killing of Kaweesi and arrest of Boda Boda 2010 militia leaders.
In light of these events, President Museveni says security agencies should focus on protecting Ugandans.
“The security agencies) are not fighting but their leaders,” Museveni observed during a press conference at Kawumu State Lodge in Luwero on Wednesday, adding, “This is unacceptable.”
“This squabbling must be brought to an end. The security chiefs’ main role if to fight enemies not bickering,” said Museveni.
This is the first time in many years that the President is rebuking security agency heads for fighting in public.
Insiders say despite holding several confidential meetings to resolve the security chiefs’ differences, the hostility stays.
Gen Kayihura maintains he has no issues with Military Intelligence or ISO heads, adding, police compliments their work.
However, the CMI recently arrested Boda Boda 2010 leaders who have since been sent to the court martial.
It is reported police dragged their feet in facilitating the case as Kayihura had earlier heaped praises on the outfit.
In his interaction with journalists, Museveni urged security bosses to serve interests of Ugandans not foreigners and criminal gangs as it has been in the recent past.