The Minister for Security, Gen. Elly Tumwine has claimed Uganda is a very secure country which has in turn aided her citizens to ‘become drunk on freedom’.
Gen. Tumwine who has in the recent past come under fire for claiming he, together with fellow 1986 bush war heroes fought to liberate the country also once again dismissed claims that ‘safe houses’ are used as detention and torture facilities by security arms of government.
The General was appearing on the Morning Breeze show on nbs TV on Thursday morning.
“There are four types of freedom,” Gen. Tumwine who lost an eye in the process of liberating the country told Simon Njala. “These include Political, Economic, Knowledge and Cultural/Faith-based freedoms. Ugandans have all this and that is why they are drunk on freedom. For example, people are allowed to drink and get drunk. But if you get drunk and become nuisance then others are allowed to put you down.”
He continued: “My observation of freedom is open for me to comment. You see people wanting to slap the police. They are drunk on freedom.”
When asked about the recent spate of murders and kidnaps, Gen. Tumwine went in the defensive saying ‘kidnap is not a Ugandan thing’.
“There are people who are kidnapping themselves for money. Crime has always been there. Crime started in the Garden of Eden,” he said, blaming media and media personalities ‘for commenting and writing about things they did not know.’
About the Robert Kyagulanyi-led People Power movement, the minister said there was a threat to the world called Red Movement managed by individuals who want to create anarchy.
This hybrid terror group is associated with LGBT, Cryptocurrency with the major aim of destabilising countries deliberately. In Uganda they are taking advantage of young people to make them violent. This is because they are vulnerable and can easily be infiltrated. So with People Power, we are analyzing the situation.”
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