The way police handled the recent gunning down of the deputy DPP Joan Kagezi is disturbing. Like criminals, police seem to have targets.
Oftentimes, when a crime involving the use of a gun is committed, the public puts security agencies under pressure. The result is that the officers unveil half-cooked conclusions without carrying out rigorous investigations.
I say half-cooked conclusions because the officers solely believe that it is the rebel outfit ADF behind the spate of killings in the country. It is unfortunate that security agencies seem to base their investigations on media stories.
If this manner of executing investigations is not stopped, we are worried more high-profile citizens will be victims of gun-wielding criminals. The intriguing question one would likely ask is: is police trying to tell the world that it is only ADF rebels capable of firing bullets in Uganda?
Recently, police boss Kale Kayihura reportedly staked millions of shillings on the head of the ADF leader Jamil Mukulu. Against that, was the IGP going to employ the services of Mukulu’s men to carry out the execution of the said mission or anybody willing to walk away with the huge cash?
I am not a crime investigator however, my observation is that those killing our people are individuals offering their services to whoever needs them, simply to put food on table for their families. But because of our formulaic investigations, they might be laughing from their hideouts.
The deceased’s children reportedly described the killer who pulled the trigger that killed their mum. However, looking at the photos of the people who were arrested, especially a one Tumwebaze, who, according to the media, is the actual culprit, it is logical arguing that the police are far off the mark – miles away from the “fat, short and brown man” who killed Kagezi, according to her children.
One more disturbing thing is some of the culprits arrested are relegated to being witnesses in courts where their lives end up in great danger. We request police to stop this haphazard method of investigation, lest lives of innocent citizens are put in danger. At this rate of indiscriminate killing, I do not think there are people willing to play the witness role for the state.
TERROR SCARES CHILDREN AWAY FROM SCHOOLS
April 14 marked one year since the horrific abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram. Fifty-seven escaped but 219 are still missing. On this day, I stand in solidarity with these girls and their families, my fellow colleagues at A World at School Global Youth Ambassadors and thousands of young aocates for education around the world to demand the right to education and safe schools for all.
No child should have to risk being attacked or abducted for going to school. Yet around the world, attacks on students, like the recent Garissa University College attack, are on the rise. Some 28 million children are out of school due to conflict and emergencies.
While children risk violence to get a seat in a classroom, donor aid to education is on steady decline. Many countries do not have plans to reach the marginalized children. The Millennium Development Goal two (MDG 2) of getting all children in school by 2015 is being pushed back to 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. This is unacceptable!
In Uganda, girls’ education is also a critical issue. Education enables girls and women to overcome oppressive social limitations such as exploitative work, child marriage, early pregnancies, and enables them to learn how to better claim social and economic rights.
An educated female population increases a country’s productivity and fuels economic growth. Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.
Now is a critical time not only to rescue the Nigerian girls but also to secure the right to education and safety of all pupils and students across the world. We have the power to make these issues a global priority.
Hillary I T Seguya,
TRAFFIC IS A SECURITY CONCERN ON JINJA ROAD
The inspector general of police (IGP) has done a great job sensitizing people on security matters. However, one disturbing thing is about the traffic jams and security.
I frequently use Jinja road, but the stretch between Banda and Spear Motors junction leaves a lot to be desired. There are several investments within that area such as factories and car depots, among others.
This stretch has the worst jam in Kampala, especially in the morning and evening waiting time can go up to one hour. My observation is that the only traffic controllers and officers are at the Spear Motors junction where cars coming from adjacent roads are given priority.
You can also do your research, Mr IGP traffic control and security aren’t enough off the junctions. Just imagine how many lives would be lost if the terrorists decided to take aantage of that long stretch of vehicles!
I wonder if there are some politicians who use that road because I have never heard anyone airing out such concerns. We need security and traffic controllers along Jinja road, not only at junctions but everywhere like on Entebbe road because this road is equally important.
NRM SHOOTS FIRST AND AIMS LATER
In the last US elections, Barack Obama made a funny remark about Mitt Romney that he shoots first and aims later. Unfortunately, those words seem to describe NRM better than Romney.
Recently, the Daily Monitor reported that banks are worried of government plans to cancel wetland titles. By the time NRM came to power, there was little if any encroachment on the wetlands. Unfortunately, President Museveni has been a great aocate of population growth to create market.
He has been doing this without diversifying Uganda’s economy. Hence, the fastest growing industry has been peasantry, which has seen people move into forests and wetlands in a bid to acquire land for agriculture.
This state of affairs has emboldened those in urban areas to descend on wetlands as well, putting up permanent structures and factories. And the NRM government has been comfortably giving them titles, which titles they have mortgaged to banks for loans.
Now that nature has begun to riot against NRM environmental and economic ignorance, they are planning to cancel titles in wetlands, something which has worried banks!
Source : The Observer