The incoming minister for security Gen Elly Tumwine says his first assignment will be dealing with discipline within the security forces which he says has been eroded paving way for acts of criminality.
The new appointments in the police and security have been a subject of debate since the start of this week with the population in high anticipation of how the security of the country will be handled under the new appointees.
In an interview with The Nile Post, Tumwine said he had come to improve the security situation.
“I did not know how big the problem was until Sunday night when people started calling me after the announcement saying it was terrible,” Tumwine said.
He said his first task will be to handle the discipline of those within the security circles as he moves to clean the already tainted image of the security agencies.
Tumwine said: “Discipline is key and has greatly been affected.”
But even with this submission, Ugandans are still concerned about the perceived marriage of convenience between security operatives and criminals an element the minister says is not about to stop. Tumwine said criminals are key in fighting crime.
“You need to send a thief to catch a thief,” he said.
The minister however cautioned those that plan to disorganise the different security agencies by passing on wrong information to the different chiefs that their goals will not be met this time.
About the outgoing security chiefs, Gen Tumwine said we shouldn’t be quick to judge as not everyone is that clean.