Gen Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, says Uganda has so far registered victories in the fight against terrorism and targeted killing of Muslims.
He made the remarks yesterday while parading two suspects that are associated with Jamil Mukulu in Nalufenya Jinja.
This is his full statement:
Tragically, during the holy month of Ramadhan, we lost a young dynamic, inspiring muslim leader and patriot, Sheikh Hassan Kirya, by an assassin’s bullet in Bweyogerere.
This cowardly murder followed earlier cowardly killings of muslim leaders especially since 2012 in different parts of the country as well as other leaders; Joan Kagezi, Tito Okware, police and other security personnel.
No doubt, they were killed either because they rejected and even preached against evil forces (Authors of Bloodshed of Innocents) or because they were committed and effectively worked (eg Joan Kagezi) to bring to justice the cowardly criminals or worked for peace in our country.
We pay tribute to them. We honour and celebrate their memory as heroes of our country and humanity.
At the same time, however, we are gratified that during the holy month of Ramathan, (I believe to console the country) Allah gave us a gift.
The extradition to Uganda of Jamil Mukulu, the infamous leader of the terrorist organization, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and two other ADF leaders, Matovu and Umar, after their arrest and detention in Tanzania.
This is a very significant victory for the people of Uganda, the East African region and beyond, in our fight against terrorism.
This achievement is the latest in a string of victories we have registered against ADF, (which was decisively defeated militarily long time ago) and allied elements especially since December, 2014, after the murders of Sheikh Ductoor Muwaya and Sheikh Bahiiga.
We have broken up and disrupted ADF criminal gangs in Eastern Uganda, Central and Western regions.
We have arrested and detained over 40 suspected killers and their collaborators including confessed killers.
They are facing charges of murder, terrorism and crimes against humanity. The hunt for other cowardly criminals still at large continues.
We take this opportunity to reassure the Muslim community and the whole country that we are winning the fight against these organized gangs of criminals.
Yes, we can’t guarantee that there will be no incident where we may lose innocent lives in this fight.
However, the security forces are working 24 hours, 7 days a week, to ensure you are safe and secure.
There is no reason for panic or fear. Instead we ask for your vigilance and active participation in this fight.
When you get threatening messages on your phones report to the police promptly.
The only way we can avenge our fallen heroes is to be more vigilant, fearless, resolved to rid our country of evil elements and forces of darkness.
Without a doubt, the martyrdom of our fallen heroes shall not be in vain.