Comment by MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
It is a fact that the thugs clowning around as Intelligence Officers in Museveni’s various security organs are liars, thieves, murderers, rapists and looters. Most of them have zero training in intelligence gathering. Yet, due to the high unemployment and desperation among Ugandans, arising from Museveni’s deliberate impoverishment of Native Ugandans, it is now fashionable for everyone to peddle information (information peddlers).
These information peddlers range from officers in high position in Police, the Army, Intelligence outfits like CMI, ISO and ESO as well as the extensive Militia groups Museveni has successfully trained, armed and pays to continue operating in the country at his beck and call. What is interesting is all these things have been taking place while most of the people in opposition have been asleep or have been protesting for Museveni to leave enteebe but failed to pay attention to how the man was strangling the country. It is now perhaps too late to escape the atrocities being committed, now in broad day light and on live camera with the thugs boasting about their killings while Museveni tells his western donors and funders “I killed them and I will continue killing”.
There also is another factor. Museveni will kill and continue killing with impunity. There is not a damn thing the Americans or Europeans will do about him. Museveni has ensured that his grip on African wars is captained by him and the west is in a catch 22 where they dare do nothing to Museveni. For this reason, Uganda opposition needs to rethink their strategy, and also, pay attention to regional and global affairs instead of just focusing on only Uganda. Museveni’s agenda is far bigger than most of you understand and you will continue paying a price if you refuse to read and if you refuse to think critically.
MAY THE SOULS OF BOBI WINE’S MURDERED SUPPORTERS not rest in peace until their deaths are avenged. Amen.
They include; Buwama Town Council Chairperson-elect Abdul-Rashid Nkinga alias Jjaja Katikanyonyi, Baker Kawooya, Emmanuel Bazira and Muhamaddi Ssekimpi.
Mr Nkinga said he and his colleagues were on Friday dumped by their captors in Kibukuta swamp near Jalia City highway stopover in Buwama Town Council along Kampala-Masaka highway at around 11pm after spending several days in unknown detention.
“We were ordered not to speak to you (journalists) before being ordered to get out of the drone which drove us back while blindfolded,” Mr Nkinga said.
The four are said to be among hundreds of opposition supporters who were arrested during and after the January 2021 elections in which operation President Museveni said was being conducted by security operatives against criminal elements who had planned to cause violence ahead of his swearing in later in May.
“They look frail. They allege acts of torture and some of them only react by crying when you ask them about their detention,” Mr John Mukwaya, a resident said.
These were abducted together with Victor Makenya, Ronald Mugerwa, Deo Kijjambu and many others who are still missing and being held in unknown detention facilities.
The development comes days after NUP president, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine on March 11, 2021, while appearing in Parliament for the first time since the election nominations in 2020, asked Parliament to order for the immediate release of all the abducted and political prisoners.
“Today marks 71 days since my entire campaign team was arrested and imprisoned in Kitalya prison on bogus charges. After being granted bail, they were again rearrested by the Military and taken through grave torture sessions. Some of our people have been castrated and others have had their eyes placed out. Their limbs have been broken and they have been subjected to advanced forms of torture like waterboarding and electrocution,” the Kyadondo East MP and runner-up in the just concluded presidential election told Parliament on Thursday.
Mid this week, Mr Kyagulanyi announced the death of one of his supporters, Fabian Luuka who was also allegedly kidnapped by security operatives several weeks ago and tortured before he was dumped in Nakawa, Kampala in a bad shape.
“Our welfare team has done everything to support his treatment. He passed on yesterday (March 10). The ruthlessness!” he tweeted.
Tracing Kayihura’s 11 Million Crime Preventers
Different people underwent training at Kabalye police Training School and others areas in the country that usually lasted between two to six weeks. In 2016, the then Inspector General of Police-IGP, General Kale Kayihura claimed that Crime preventers had hit the 11 million mark, which is almost a third of Uganda’s total population.
The crime preventers most of whom were inactive except putting up appearances at functions were recruited by the Police Divisional and District Commanders in collaboration with Officers in Charge (OCs) of the different Stations and outpost.
However, neither the Police Headquarters nor Crime Preventers Association, which was being financed by Police at their palatial offices in Naguru, compiled a comprehensive list of Crime preventers. Recently, the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces, Lt Gen Wilson Mbadhi told a parliamentary committee that they had failed to trace the 11million Crime preventers that were moved from Uganda Police Force and placed under the army.
The Chief Political Commissar of Uganda Police Forces, Asan Kasingye whose Directorate handles Community Policing under which Crime Preventers fall, says crime Preventers were a parallel structure to the Police force.
“As you know, Crime preventers were under their National Coordinator. I never found a database nor list. It was a parallel structure. They never reported to any CPC before me either,” Kasingye said.
Blaise Kamugisha, the National Coordinator of Crime Preventers couldn’t be reached as he is reportedly attending patriotism training at Kyankwanzi. However, a reliable source told URN that the crime preventers were never more than 60,000, this including school going children and University Students.
The source that worked at the Crime Preventers Secretariat that was shut down by the Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola told URN on condition of anonymity that they never really knew who the crime preventers were.
“We had something like a databases but it only had 200 people. These were the staff at the secretariat and Coordinators from different regions and Districts who had been recruited by Blaise,” the source said. Adding that, how would we know them, apart from being invited at pass out functions, we never got to know who had been recruited and from where.”
The active crime preventers at different police Stations were mainly informers, most of them without any kind of training. A Police officer who has served at three different Police Stations both as Officer in Charge of Station and District Police Commander between 2014 and to date, says it would be hard to trace the crime preventers from any station.
“It is hard. When a commander left, sometimes some crime preventers stopped working. A new one would come and get some informers who would help him and work as crime preventer,” the officer said.
Sixteen former District and Divisional Police commanders told URN that they had between 100 and 200 crime preventers by the end of the recruitment drive. If every Police Station had an average of 150 crime preventers and there are about 200 police stations across the Country, then the number of crime preventers at Police station level is 30,000.
Another 30,000 caters for school and university students who joined at different Districts and Divisions even though they were never active. Less than 20,000 crime preventers attended the Police Centenary celebrations at Kololo in October 2014 when they were show cased to the public. During the celebrations, the police leadership directed all commanders to bring crime preventers from their respective areas.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said the crime preventers and their numbers are best known by OC Stations.