President Yoweri Museveni this week met security chiefs led by the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, at State House, Entebbe.
The Police leadership, Resident District Commissioners, Regional Police Commanders and Deputy Police Commanders, from areas of Kampala, Masaka, Lwengo, Mpigi, Wakiso and Lyantonde, attended the meeting.
The meeting reviewed the progress of the security in the country in connection the grim assassination of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Kaweesi who gunned down on March 17 with his driver and bodyguard in a Kampala city suburb.
Museveni was apparently furious at security chiefs for the break down in the country’s security networks.
The President reportedly attacked police chief Kayihura and CIID director, Grace Akullo, citing a deteriorating security situation in the country including; killings, house break-ins by gangs armed with machetes, bricks, axes, hammers and other weapons.
These crimes have since increased in greater Masaka sub-region, Kampala and Wakiso districts where thugs claim police protects them or gives them weapons.
Other grim killings were recorded in Teso sub-region where security minister, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, personally went to investigate.
Gulu district also recently became a centre of murders prompting Kayihura to personally camp in the main town to eliminate deadly iron-bar hitmen.
Museveni names Security Council heads
According to reports, Museveni resolved to personally take charge of the security meeting which happens every month since the National Security Council Act was enacted in 2000.
The National Security Council is an advisory body to the President on all matters relating to national security and is chaired by the President or the vice president.
The President is the council’s chairperson-others on the council are-vice president, the ministers responsible for Internal Affairs, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Security, Defence, the Attorney General, and other members, not exceeding five, appointed by the President and approved by Parliament.
Museveni, according to Saturday Monitor, has now nominated NRM secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba, senior presidential advisor for Special Operations, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, former army commander and current army MP Gen Elly Tumwine, and his long-time aide Maj Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso.
One slot is yet to be filled among the five the President is mandated to appoint and send to Parliament for approval, Monitor reported.
The four are yet to be approved by Parliament although they already sit in the Council.
The ex-officio members of the National Security Council, according to the law, are the Inspector General of Police, Army Commander (now called Chief of Defence Forces), Director General of Internal Security Organisation, Director General of External Security Organisation, director of Special Branch (now defunct), director of the Criminal Investigations Department, Chief of Military Intelligence, and Commissioner General of Prisons.