President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to combat the increasing cases of murder that have claimed several Muslim clerics.
His remarks come in the wake of police investigations into the murder of Sheikh Dactoor Abdu Kadir Muwaya, the leader of the Shia Muslim Community in Uganda who was shot dead at his home in Mayuge district on Christmas Day and Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga who was also killed by gunmen on Monday evening, bringing to seven, the tally of top Muslim clerics murdered in just two years.
“There must be something sinister going on in our Moslem community. This is the 5th killing of a Moslem religious leader,” he said on Wednesday afternoon while delivering his New Year message at his home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.
Museveni also expressed dissatisfaction with the Judiciary saying some of the suspects who had been arrested in the murder of the Muslim leaders were released on bail but later disappeared.
“In the case of Sheikh Abasi Abubaker Kiwewa and Sheikh Yusuf Abubaker Madango (killed in 2012), it is now up to the Judicial process to listen to the cases and sort them out. Unfortunately, the Judiciary released Lule Balaba, Kawule Muzafari Mugoya, Dhabanji Musa and Sheikh Twaha Baligeya on bail, who, then, proceeded to escape. This is unacceptable. Why does the Judiciary release somebody charged with such serious crimes on bail?” he asked.
Mr Museveni further said that the Minister of Justice will put before Parliament an amendment to the Constitution, as soon as Parliament opens, to stop this issue of bail in matters of murder, rape, defilement, treason and corruption.
In an effort to fight crime in the country, there is need to install CCTV camera in major towns across the country.
“For instance, we were able to discover the acts of the bad hearted house maid because she was captured on camera,” he said.
According to Museveni, these cameras will help in tracing suspects during investigations and bringing them to justice.
Museveni also said he was happy with Ugandans who had woken up to fight poverty in their families.
“When I fly over Uganda now, I notice there’s a spirit of ‘Okusisimuka’ (waking up). Here, I mean more Ugandan families joining commercial farming eg fish farming, piggery, and coffee farming, among others in order to overcome poverty,” he said, adding that in the Teso area, about 10% of families are now growing citrus fruits.
“There is ‘kusisimuka’ there. Subsistence farming has been known to be the leading cause of poverty in the eastern Uganda,” he said.
According to him, the last national population census figures indicate that only 32% of Ugandans are in money economy while 68% are in subsistence economy.
The president also observed that 19% of the population is living below the poverty line. But this can be improved if the people in rural areas take aantage of the UPDF officers deployed in the agricultural sector in their respective area.
He ended his speech wishing all Ugandans a happy and prosperous new year 2015.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor