By AGENCIES(The Daily Monitor)
Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has called on security forces to work to keep Uganda safe instead of only reacting when insecurity arises.
While addressing a press conference yesterday at the National Theatre, Kyagulanyi commented on the brutal murder of Susan Magara, a 28-year-old accountant who was kidnapped and later killed by kidnappers even after her parents gave a ransom of Shs700m.
According to Kyagulanyi, the Uganda security and leadership has been reactionary to incidences of insecurity but has failed to curb crime even they have good leads. He says Police should work with leads to protect Ugandans instead of coming up with pledges that do not bring results.
Hours after Magara’s body was found dumped near Kajjansi in Wakiso district, the police offered a reward of Shs100m to whoever would identify the killers who, over a period of 20 days, kept calling her family asking for the ransom money.
According to Kyagulanyi, although Police has been listening to conversations of the criminals, they did not show any results. He said the Uganda Police Force is not functional and it is not doing its role. Kyagulanyi said incidences can’t be happening one after another and police brushes them away saying they are going to investigate.
He condemned the Shs100m bounty given by police to anyone who can identify the voice of the suspected murderers, saying they could have used the same resources to save the life of the deceased.
Kyagulanyi also questioned why a bounty of Shs100m was placed on anyone who identifies Magara’s killers and not on the many other Ugandans who have lost their lives like the 21 women who were murdered in areas of Entebbe and Nansana last year.
Kyagulanyi also blamed President Yoweri Museveni for making promises after incidences and not fulfilling them. He cited instances like calling for installation of CCTV Cameras after the murder of police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March last year, DNA tests and strictness of sim card registration after the murder of Susan Magara and explanation from security after the death of Musician Mowzey Radio last month. He says the president should also do more and not merely respond to situations.
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