You may soon want to be extra cautious about what you post on your Facebook or Twitter accounts because the police are increasingly getting concerned about what transpires across social media.

While opening the 14th East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCO) Annual General Meeting at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Monday, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, revealed how the police were building capacity to start monitoring what is posted on social media.

“Social media is a good thing but can also be a bad thing because it is so quick in terms of dissemination of information. If it’s good information that is nice, but if it’s dangerous information like genocide information… somebody tells lies like you remember the Kayunga riots, then you know how much damage it can do,” Kayihura said.

The police chief added: “Social media is a tool that we as police forces must get interested in to make sure that it is not misused for crime, worse still for terrorism”.

Kayihura, who spoke at length about the changing face of crime, which is getting a little more sophisticated for police, also listed riots as another big security threat to be cautious about.

“These riots on our streets, which they are calling Arab Spring [are] a new phenomenon where some forces think when they fail to win through the ballot, they cause chaos then NATO will come to bomb them into power,” Kayihura said.

Kayihura further noted that rioters employ military tactics while facing off with police officers who are still stuck in the old conventional way of keeping law and order.

“They turn the streets into theatres of military-like confrontations. They just get unemployed youths, give them little money and marijuana, intoxicate them, and ask them to set tyres on fire, stone motorists, and fulfill their agenda of what they call African Spring,” Kayihura said.

“This is something we have to think about, these opportunists taking advantage of unemployed youth to use them against the stability of the country.”

EAPCO, formed in 1998, brings together 12 countries; namely Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Seychelles, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. Its mission is to promote and strengthen cooperation in the management of all forms of cross-border crime.

According to Francis Xavier Rwego, Head of the Regional Interpol Bureau for Eastern Africa, among the trans-border and transnational crimes faced by the region is terrorism, maritime piracy, trafficking and smuggling of human beings, financial and high-tech crime like ATM fraud, and drug trafficking.

“These crimes are affecting our economic development because investors are not sure of the safety of their long-term investments. More so the cost of doing business becomes very expensive, especially with the presence of maritime piracy,” Rwego noted.

Rwego called on member countries to become more proactive in identifying areas of concern. He applauded the recent simultaneous operations targeting narcotic drugs, trafficking of human beings and wildlife crimes.

“Criminals are highly collaborative, they are becoming more sophisticated and globalisation has made it so easy for them to communicate,” he said. “We need to be above their thinking and collaborate more so that we can manage crime in this region.”

To this, Kayihura added that the police have to think out of the box to keep up with modern crime.

“Police operations are no longer the way they were. So, we must think outside the box and come up with strategies that will effectively ensure that we are not overwhelmed,” he said.

He further noted that the line separating police and military operations is becoming thinner.

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+7 #1 Steven Nsubuga 2012-10-17 01:53
Does this man Kayihura really believe what comes outta his mouth or he is on something? Please people tell me. We have heard the genocide talk before.

It is used to intimidate people from saying the truth. Just like terrorism, sectarianism, blah, blah, blah.

For this man to come out and utter this nonsense clearly shows me the paranoia that consumes this regime. Do they really think they can stop social media?

Hoorey to the social media for it is the dictators worst enemy. The proliferation of information has alerted even the lowest person in villages for they can now find the "REAL TRUTH" about their rulers.

Gone are the days when thgey closed media houses, banned Radios from broadcasting the truth to "the people". There is no where to hide anymore, Kayihura...and what your police does against civilians is known round the world in a minute!!
+7 #2 Betty Long Cap 2012-10-17 06:30
"These riots on our streets, which they are calling Arab Spring [are] a new phenomenon where some forces think when they fail to win through the ballot, they cause chaos then NATO will come to bomb them into power,” Kayihura said." reports Simon Musasizi.

In times of civil unrest, civil liberties are always curtailed. Rather than addressing the causes of that unrest, a military state monitors social and news media with the intention of arresting dissidents.

Stamping out freedom of speech and freedom of assembly is justified with misinformation such as that expressed by Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura. For the record, NATO does not bomb election losers into power.
+5 #3 Jim Kamezza 2012-10-17 07:05
Kayihura can monitor but will never control , he is just wasting time and money , he better do the right thing and stop terroring the people of Uganda
+6 #4 Bossman 2012-10-17 07:39
One Judge once wrote, “Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.

It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.”Pontius Pilate was the first great censor and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship” and Mr. Kayikuuzi is fumbling how to please his boss while buying himself a one way ticket to the Hague.

Alot of people have died with your cooperation and help. Juliana Nalwanga died under your crack down on those rioters who deserved to be taken out of this life. "Kill them young"?

aah? Come again? or beg your pardon? Have you ever heard this song. " Season change." ....and guess what sometime you might have nothing at all to do with that change.

Good readings with facebook. LOL. This generation is very smart with, and with ingenuity. Keep on dreaming.
+8 #5 Kemirembe 2012-10-17 09:43
Mr Kaihura, if I got you correct, you said the rioters are using military tactics on the city streets and you went ahead to elaborate what they do; "they give them little money and marijuana, intoxicate them, and ask them to set tyres on fire, stone motorists"

Now my question is; Are these the UPDF military tactics or some other military at your home in Kisoro?
+4 #6 Kemirembe 2012-10-17 09:52
Mr Kaihura, you very well know that even God is not on your side in whatever you are doing to inocent Ugandans begining with the killings of what you termed smugglers when you headed the killing machine called Anti smuggling unit.

That is why when you went to cerebrate some unkown man's contribution to Uganda's independece in Kisoro, many of the people you took to accompany you got involved in more than one motors accidents and some died.

You cannot fool God. You cannot fight independence and cerebrate independence at the same time.
+5 #7 Isaac 2012-10-17 09:59
Why should they get worried? Do the right things and the social media will only compliment you. But if you do the wrong ones, then expect a backlash.

Its that simple. On the other hand it is to their advantage because they can actually know what the people are planning and thinking.

This is the technology age and nothing can be hidden from the public so just learn how to fit in lest you become obsolete.
+5 #8 Hazard Ssebaka 2012-10-17 12:58
The problem that led to the Arab spring is a Governance issue and nothing to do with manipulators....!

Kayihura is just intoxinated with Museveni power and therefore totally misguided like the saying misguided missile!

Unfortunately for him and their power brokers time is not on their side!

+2 #9 Abdulnoor 2012-10-17 13:32
He is talking of Unemployed youth, isn't his Government that has sold all the companies in the country rendering every one unemployed?
+3 #10 palm 2012-10-17 14:24
does kayihura understand the word globalization?
without wasting my time,the era of the gun is gone.

modern warfare is conducted on social media and there nothing you can do to stop it. just style-up
+2 #11 JULIUS 2012-10-17 14:48
0 #12 Dan The Man 2012-10-17 15:03
That's the 2nd time in less than a week, that the IGP has bored me.
+2 #13 Masereka Zeno 2012-10-17 18:31
Brilliant Kayihura; you now mention the real situation, but yr problem tree is incomplete; you are only showing us the stem and the leaves (youth un employment and riots); but you are not mentioning the ROOT causes w/c is bad governance..... say it man
0 #14 Kemirembe 2012-10-17 18:38
It is a big shame for a government that has been in power for 26 years to condem majority of the Ugandan youths to ride bodabodas as the main employment.

How on earth can bodabodas take us to the 1st world Prophesied by "Prophet" Museveni.
+1 #15 tony blix, oslo 2012-10-17 20:01
Quoting JULIUS:

His boss once told the nation that it was only Baganda going for Kyeyo. What the gentleman wanted to say was that his Banyankole tribesmen are all employed.

I suggest Kayihura introduces Job Sharing for the youth. Let Kayihura start with his police force; that way rioting will stop henceforth.
0 #16 wodgot 2012-10-17 21:52
Very insipid of Kale to think that social media has a capacity to stiffle democracy. African spring was caused by lack of endless military rules across Africa.

African spring can be described as the festive season of the oppressed. It's happening was only a question of time. It's dictators like you who incited people through military brutality.
0 #17 Betty Long Cap 2012-10-17 22:32
WPA Works Project Administration was successful in the States during the Great Depression by employing unemployed men to work on roads and in public parks.
+1 #18 kabayekka 2012-10-17 23:13
To whom then did the late Obote 2 blame the up raising when he returned to rule this country 1980. Were it not those lies of stealing votes and rigging election without the availability of social media at that time?

Some people went in the bush over stolen election votes and yet no votes of theirs were ever reported stolen 1980. Inspector General take me to prison for this sorts of lies.
0 #19 Bossman 2012-10-18 03:40
Haaaha @Stephen Nsubuga.Do you want to tell us that Crack or Crystal Meth kills? Yea, you are right.Hahahahah ahha, i cant get a hang over it.
+1 #20 kelem 2012-10-18 10:59
Scared , clueless and totally blind Police
0 #21 Betty Long Cap 2012-10-18 15:42
Arab Spring swept across North Africa --Tunisia, Egypt-- but what has changed in sub-Sahara Africa?
+1 #22 Lwabuganda K 2012-10-18 15:50
Kayihura if you are sincere, tell the whole nation who brought about the Kayunga riots ?. Who told lies so that people could threaten genocide ?. If you think you are the only clever and most powerful people then you are deceived.
+1 #23 huh ! 2012-10-18 16:20
You will first have get a reliable internet connection you monkey's.
+1 #24 steven kasiko 2012-10-18 20:15
Kayihura what ever you do time will come and you will have to go .You will not stop us from using all possible avenues to liberate our country

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