President Yoweri Museveni has always flown high on the peace and security card. If anything, he credits himself and his security forces for having restored normalcy in a country that was steadily sinking into anarchy in the 80s. And rightly so, because temporarily, the NRA/NRM proved itself to be a pro-people and vigilant people security organ that saw to the improvement of security of person and property in Uganda.
However, in the last decade, the country has surely slid back to the dark days. Crime and insecurity have taken an all-time new high manifesting themselves in gruesome forms. The country is now prone to unexplained murders, kidnaps and public shootings.
The President and security officials have several times come out and assured the country that the issue of security will be handled. However, at each and every turn, something happens that proves them wrong. Several murders of important and well-guarded people have occurred which have paralyzed this country. From Joan Kagezi, to Afande Felix Kaweesi, to Abiriga, to Officers Kirumira and Kiggundu. These still remain unsolved and finger-pointing continues.
As we approach the 2021 general elections, the agenda is high to call for citizens to be peaceful. However, as it appears, the source of insecurity seems to be caused not by ordinary citizens but rather paramilitary personnel highly trained n combat who carry out kidnappings and assassinations.
Uganda’s security question is also still intertwined with the Rwanda question. The governments in Kampala and Kigali have been at loggerheads for a long period now and there have been counter-accusations flying here and there. We thought that this could have been relaxed by the recently signed peace accord. However, we are fearful that this recent murder of a Rwandan woman along the Entebbe expressway could have a connection to the two countries’ conflict. If this is the case indeed, then we are in murky waters!
So now, citizens in Uganda are living in constant fear of being kidnapped and murdered. Or if you are lucky to survive that, you could be a victim of the unknown trained assailants who shoot dead citizens in cold blood and escape unpunished. Such is the fate of Museveni’s Uganda today.