President Yoweri Museveni says he stays up so many hours at night to monitor the country’s security and ensure everyone is well-protected.
He made the remarks while delivering the State of the Nation Address at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala yesterday.
“Uganda is one of the most peaceful countries on the globe,” he stated citing the case of Martyrs Day celebrations held at Namugongo where “We managed big numbers with no security incident”.
He praised the army (UPDF) for ensuring total peace in the country saying they were able to defeat Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) warlord, Joseph Kony.
UPDF was able to push Kony out of Northern Uganda to Congo and then finally Central African Republic.
They defeated the Allied Democratic Front Rebels who were terrorising western Uganda and drove them back to Democratic Republic of Congo.
With Tanzanian efforts, ADF leader, Jamil Mukulu was arrested.
UPDF also managed to disarm the violent Karimojong cattle rustlers and stabilise the region.
Museveni also observed that he doesn’t sleep at night for the sake of security.
“You do not know how many hours I stay up to monitor security as you are sleeping.”
He said that government will install security cameras (CCTV) in towns around the country starting with Kampala to fight crime.
“Computerised National ID is part of anti-crime infrastructure. If we add other things I don’t want to talk about here (we may have Al Shabaab elements), we shall manage the criminals,” he said.
To ensure success, the Security sector budget allocation will increase from Shs 400bn to Shs 1.6tn.
The President, however, faulted police for failure to handle crimes like murder, corruption and money laundering crimes because they lack advanced technology.
“The police is still using some old methods to of “who saw who” to investigate crime.”
He said it was the reason they failed investigate the murders of Muslims clerics across the country.