President Yoweri Museveni has condemned the killing of Arua municipality MP. Col. Ibrahim Abiriga and his bodyguard as a senseless act. In a statement posted on his facebook page, Museveni appealed to Ugandans to be more vigilant and report to police and other security agencies about people who look suspicious.
He revealed that the criminals were moving on numberless boda bodas and put on helmets even when they parked, something he said should have alerted vigilante residents of their ill motives.
On the installation of surveillance cameras, Museveni has once again repeated his commitment to install the gadgets in a few months time as a tool to identify criminals.
Many people however believe the billions of money that could be spent on the surveillance cameras may actually do little to deter such daring killings as the killers could try to waylay their targets in places they know are out of the coverage of cameras.
Below is Museveni’s Short Statement
I have received news about the senseless killing of Arua Municipality MP, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, and his bodyguard on the outskirts of Kampala this evening.
Col Abiriga was a dedicated supporter and a patriotic Ugandan who worked for peace in West Nile. We stand with his family. I call upon Ugandans to be vigilant.
Vigilance will lead to the capture of these criminals as it happened in Masaka. These criminals were moving on a numberless pikipikis and their heads were covered with helmets even when they were standing in one place.
These were signs that should have led to suspicion. Had the locals rang the police, this crime could have been prevented. Therefore, please, report everything that is suspicious and do so promptly.
Once the surveillance equipment is installed, which will be done in a few months, the work of identifying criminals will be prompt. Even today, while still using our old methods, provided there is alertness, the criminals will be defeated.
May Col Abiriga’s soul and that of his bodyguard rest in eternal peace.