Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) through its Spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has advised Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeeyi to form a new pro-people Police Force that is well-remunerated instead of coming up with revamped security strategies that have not worked in the past decades.
Last Friday, the Police Chief issued five security measures that police would use to disband criminal gangs in the county. The move followed President Yoweri Museveni’s order to Gen Sabiiti to find a solution to the recent spate of violent crimes mostly in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area.
“We have revised these strategies and they will bridge police to a common man. Among these include enhancing camera surveillance, community Policing through zoning families in Kampala,” said Sabiiti.
However, while addressing journalists during the FDC weekly press conference on Monday, Ssemujju said that there is nothing like new strategies that were unveiled to stop thugs from torturing Ugandans because most of the thugs get deals from police officers within.
He added that unless Police as a department changes their ways to become pro-people instead of working to protect the regime, they will be able to improve on the security of the country.
“To improve on the current situation bedeviling the country, the orientation of Police must change. The current police force was recruited and trained to protect the regime against any form of competition. That is where they direct their resources. Promotion is also based on how many FDC rallies a DPC has broken up. And that is largely what has influenced the militarisation of Police,” he said.
“The country will as of a necessity-have to build a new pro-people and fairly remunerated Police when Museveni finally relinquishes power. That is what will reduce the spate of crimes in the country.”
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