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HON JOHN SIMBWA, ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL MUST BE INTRODUCED SOON THAN LATER


Museveni vision 2040 has raised many questions

Museveni vision 2040 has raised many questions

By Peter Marco

A few years ago while celebrating UGANDA INDEPENDENCE DAY with some friends I proposed the idea of fighting corruption at all cost and at all level, but some people thought it will be hard and difficult to do.

I proposed the idea of confiscating the wealth of the guilty corrupt people, the freezing of assets they own, selling off property they have acquired, introducing a criminal record status that will be on their record for some time and recovering the money they have taken including paying the court bill to the DPP if they lose the case.

But after sometime someone has taken up my proposal and my dream. Hon Simbwa proposed bill is a great i deal that I had in my heart and it will be one of the main reforms that will help in fighting corruption and building public trust, helping the economy to grow, create new jobs, encourage foreign investors, improve on the social welfare and fight employment among youth.
This idea I copied it in the North East of England where they had a problem of drugs and crime, but when they introduced measures to arrest drug dealers and charge them, it reduced crime,

Measures included the guilty criminals where meant to pay the police money for investigating them, recover the money they had gained from drugs, repossessing of the houses they have bought, take everything of valve in the house and sentencing them to prison for a long time.

This was to discourage the few who thought that drugs and crime pays because the drug dealers who used to show-off with big cars and jewellery they were coming out of prison without anything and with a big and long criminal record that always stays in their life.

The measures gave Cleveland Police, Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police ways of reducing crime and building the communities.

The reason why Hon Simbwa’s Bill must be introduced soon was started in the North East Of England the Police Services in the area can testify the achievement that such ideas brought.

We need to show the corrupt that abuse of office, embezzlement and stealing from public coffers does not pay.
It will not only benefit in fighting corruption but even to discourage many who are thinking of stealing and embezzling funds.
There is a need to send a strong message to the public that action against corruption is being taken and to the corrupt that corruption will not be tolerated in anyway, by taking away what they have gained and owned through corruption, it will be of National Benefit and for many years to come.

Now if we do care about the country and the future generation we need to build trust in them and make them be proud of their country, by taking action on matters that are of great importance to them and fighting corruption must be Uganda’s Main priority

But i would like to appeal to Hon John Simbwa MP Makindye East to include a clause or title in this bill, which must take away the President’s power to pardon people who have been found guilty on corruption charges.

And to include the title which states that we must have an independent judiciary to Investigate and judge the corruption cases, but that judiciary must be monitored and checked because they can misinterpret the law and go on to use separation of power.

So let’s amend the Anti-corruption Act 2009 and 2012 by supporting Hon Simbwa’s motion regardless of political Party, Tribe, Religion, Culture or Region, but for National interest and for a better Uganda, where people can dream of success with Love, Faith and Hope.

Not a country where dreams are being washed away and people are not proud of their country, we need to build faith back in the public.

Written by Peter Marco

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Community Policing is the way forward- says Kale Kayihura


Another Kayihura achievement:New police station building in Bushenyi!

Another Kayihura achievement:New police station building in Bushenyi!

We are working towards setting a modern call center to handle distress calls, and other emergencies. In the meantime, I want to assure you that all the emergency lines, including 999, work and there are free. I will personally confirm this and will get back to you.

We don’t discriminate, and I can assure you we are committed to providing policing services in all parts of the country. However, the problem is resources, human and non-human. For instance, effective strength to be able to show visible policing in the whole country requires 68,000 personnel to police a population of 34 million, ie the international standard of 1 per 500 people. But we only have an establishment of 43,000. And even then, the force must have the necessary mobility and other equipment, not to mention the infrastructure. Nevertheless, we are making progress towards building the capacity of the Police.

I promise in my next communication to give you comparative figures to show you the progress. In the meantime, as they say in Kiswahili, kupanga ni kuchaguwa. We have concentrated a larger force in the Kampala Metropolitan Policing Area (Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, and parts of Mpigi) because that is where there is the biggest concentration of the population, as well as economic and other activities, consequently, registering the highest incidence (more than half) of the crime, public disorders in the country. And they are followed by the urban centers. But you are right, there are challenges like domestic violence, land related violence and crime in the countryside that need attention.

However, let me also add, that mere visible of police is not enough. It is also the methods of policing. Today, we are embarked on a programme of transforming the Police away from the traditional policing to community policing. Community policing is a crime prevention strategy as different from merely a crime suppression strategy.

One definition of Community Policing: community policing is “a new philosophy of policing based on the concept that police officers and private citizens working together in creative ways can help solve contemporary community problems related to crime, fear of crime, social, and physical disorder, and neighbourhood decay. The philosophy…requires that police departments develop a new relationship with the law – abiding people in the community, allowing them greater voice in settling local priorities, and involving them in efforts to improve the overall quality of life in their neighbourhoods. It shifts focus of police work from handling random calls to solving problems. ( Trojanowicz and Bucqueroux, ‘Community Policing’)

It is preventive through being proactive as opposed to the reactive tendency of traditional policing. Community policing has four elements: transformationing the ideology and organization of the Police to be community oriented; building partnerships with different communities; problem solving: identifying problems that are root causes of crime and violence and together with other stakeholders in the community, find solutions to them.

With this strategy, even with small nos of police in the rural areas, if the Police commanders religiously implemented this strategy, we would be effective. For instance, in some districts, using this strategy, and with LCs and crime preventers (crime stoppers in USA, and the British have similar volunteers) at village level, the policing is effective. In fact, even in urban areas, if this strategy is not employed, the big nos will not be optimally employed to deliver desired results.

The third element is “crime prevention by citizens and police working together”. That is the basis of crime preventers in Uganda, and crime stoppers in the USA, as I noted earlier. We should be able to patrol, and mobilize the community against specific crimes, as well as working together when crime occurs to investigate.

To continue this discourse, i will send you crime reports from 2006 to 2012.

GENERAL KALE KAYIHURA
MEMBER OF UAH AND CURRENT IGP IN UGANDA

What YKM did in Kamuli(Busoga) is what Mr Moi used to do all the time!


M7 and sack with moneyFolks:
What YKM did in Kamuli(Busoga) is what Mr Moi used to do all the time. That is why the likes of Kirongo and yes Deputy President Ruto became very rich. BTW, people used to fight in Moi’s state house. I mean real blows in the corridors, over you guessed it, money. it is also why Kamlesh Pattni milked Kenya billions under the Goldenberg Scandal . People used to wake up and go to hang out in the corridors of state house. The new occupant seems to make state house accessible to journalists, which is a good thing.

So what is it the youth of Kamuli are doing with 250 million? I hope the money does not get stolen because the thieves are also salivating. they want presidentt YKM to give out more cash. One of these days the thieves will pounce, after all they are among the youth and hell will break lose. Being state controller under YKM must the most difficult job.

General Kayihura

I think the IGP has done well under the circumstances. He said it. He needs more boots on the ground but there is no money. Instead the thieves at OPM are swindling billions while the police force is starved off resources. Yet the more boots on the ground the better. But as Mr Nochrach has not tired to remind us, it is upon Ugandans and not us to demand an effective police for them.

We try to ask the IGP questions and offer suggestions but we are not voters in the country. It is upon the voters of Uganda to demand accountable and responsible government. For instance, why no police outside urban boundaries? Why no police vehicles? Why no fuel money for the few if any police cars? Why police officers are poorly paid? Why is the govt not doing enough to construct homes for police etc? These are questions so called MPs and Ugandans must ask.

From what I read and to his great credit, the IGP is accessible. I mean he is everywhere so why are not Ugandans approaching him with real concerns? My advice to the IGP is to hold public consultations/town hall meeting to hear from the peasant. Actually the police in Uganda is overworked and un appreciated. Yes if you appreciate someone or something you treat them with respect and pay them better.

Also the police must also change their attitude towards the people. Why so many different police uniforms? A police officer must not be feared by the people. To complicate matters the “Ogwenos” whom Mr. Okurut talked about negatively are probably no more. Big mistake. The gomboloola askari were the ‘police’ in rural areas.

I sense Ugandans or the govt is waiting for oil money to dream big. Wrong. Dream big now. YKM’s cabinet is a den of thieves. He said it when handing out a bagful of money. Phew! Many are thieves who join politics to steal and not to serve. True dat. There is nothing about public service.

WBK

Kibuli S.S@68:Haji Abasi Kawasi Mukasa is a father to me while Hajji Matovu is a friend


Brig.Kasirye Ggwanga displays his award during the Kibuli SSS anniversary (centre)

Brig.Kasirye Ggwanga displays his award during the Kibuli SSS anniversary (centre)

Dear members of this Forum,

My name is Abdul (Abdullah) Ssewaali. My memories of Kibuli SSS centre around how I ended at this school, my relationship with the HM, Haji Abasi Kawasi Mukasa, and how I performed at the end my A’ Level.

I did not want to go to Kibuli because virtually all the people who mattered most at the school were parents to me: Haji Abasi Kawasi Mukasa; Haji Swaibu Mubiru Mbazira, Mr. Lwamba and many others were literally my parents. I had been used to a discipline without close parental supervision.

Haji Abasi Kawasi Mukasa and Haji Mubiru of Kikunyu, Butambala, then HM at Kabasanda Primary School, as far back as when I was in Primary I at that school, had been driving me to Kampala to go their brothers, my fathers, Haji Badru Kasule and Professor Ishmael Kalule Sabiti. That was far back as 1972. On another level, Haji Mukasa and my mother, Fatiya Nanfuka, a grand daughter of the late County Chief, Kirimi, were literally sister and brother, from Bukundugulu, Gomba. While, Haji Mubiru is the grandson of the late Katambala, Nsambu of Mabanda, Butambala. My parternal grand mather, Nasaza, daugher of Abdullah ssewaali of Kalamba Butambala, was the last standing wife Haji Nsambu. Kibuli was going to be home away from home. I did not want it.

But, at the same time, I felt I had wanted to be with my brothers, the late Isa Mukasa of Haji Abasi Mukasa and Buruhan Mugerwa, HM of Kawempe SSS. The three of us had had a long history as kids.

Mr. Badru Kiggundu, Chairman of the Electoral Commission talks To some of the old girls of Kibulu SSS

Mr. Badru Kiggundu, Chairman of the Electoral Commission talks To some of the old girls of Kibulu SSS

I made sure that I did not make Kibuli any of my A’level choices. I felt that Kibuli was of an inferior status, having been at Busoga College Mwiri! I had passed my O’Level at Busoga College Mwiri, apparently so well as the results could show, but denied a place at Kisubi. I am a nationalist. I will not go into reasons for apparent denial of a place at Kisubi. However, as fate could be, I ended up at Kibuli SSS. Strangely, it turned out to be the best destiny Allah provided to me.

As already indicated that Haji Abasi Kawasi Mukasa is a father to me, some students at Kibuli did realise it, as at one time as a matter of principle I had stood my ground on matters of mutual discipline, they were suprised that he came to visit me at about 02H00 in the morning to enquire of me and the situation at hand.

At the time when Makerere University was the only university with a medical school accommodating at most 100 students, in 1985 I was amongst those who joined the Medical School. That is my Kibuli, That is my Great HM.

Through Kibuli, through a School Sheikh who was in O’Level, I manage to learn to perform Swallah. May Allah reward him in this life and in the hereafter. It was not that at home we were not praying, but the schools I had gone to had incapacitated me!

Through Kibuli, I managed to meet and make friends, amongst them being Haji Dr. Ibrahim “Kinvinvi” Matovu, Current HM at Kibuli. He was my mentor and a friend. That is my Kibuli.

In all this my beloved father, the late Ismail Kalule Bbossa, then working at Kampala City Council was central to my success.

Today, since 13th April 2000, I have a Doctorate in Business Administration, a trained Accountant and a Professional Banker. The foundation was my parents and Kibuli.

May Kibuli stay to be the best.

Dr. Abdullah Ssewaali (DBA)

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