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President Museveni statement on Abiriga killing

Again, I express my deepest felt condolences for the peace-lover, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, killed by criminals on Friday evening. As the investigations are still going on, we cannot rule out personal motives for the murder.

However, there is high probability that this killing was a political assassination because of his commitment to the NRM. If that is the case, the killers have miscalculated and shown their bankruptcy. Why kill somebody because you do not agree with him? Why don't you defeat his ideas with your "better" ideas?

Assassination means that you are already defeated. Your ideas cannot compete with ideas of the victim in terms of development. That is why you decide to kill him or her. That will not help you. Others with the same ideas will continue.

Abiriga lying in state at parliament 

However, assassination never saves the dictators from their doom. The assassinations of Dr. Mondlane and Samora Machel , did not save the Portuguese from total defeat. The assassinations of Herbert Chitepo, Ruth First etc, never saved the criminals of White South Africa and Rhodesia from their eventual defeat.

Amin, by killing Ben Kiwanuka, Bataringaya, Bananuka, Balufuywa, Major Katabarwa etc could not save himself from his eventual defeat.

When the NRM had taken power, some anti-democracy elements targeted and killed the first elected RCs/ LCs, especially in Busia and Teso to stop the people from joining the RCs/LCs. Scores of LC chairmen in Busia and Teso were killed. This, however, could not stop the defeat of FOBA (Force Obote Back - a group of some of the UPC supporters) from defeat.

Kony and ADF were famous for attacking soft targets - unarmed or unprepared people -rather than attacking military barracks or convoys. This did not stop Kony and ADF from being defeated.

Assassins are cowards. They attack soft targets. They do not attack military targets which is the work of the brave. That is why they are called terrorists. We defeated all the terrorists in the rural areas: Kony, ADF, UPA, FOBA, Itongwa, the Karimojong cattle rustlers, etc. That is why there cannot be a revival of terrorism by criminals using the forests or the bush.

How about the killings in the towns in recent times? Taking advantage of the huge success by the Ugandans of buying more cars, more boda bodas, building more hotels, building more shops and trading centres, and building more houses and having large numbers of our people in the towns, since 2012, they started on a series of killings and now more recently, kidnappings.

Initially, the Police used the old Police methods of relying on eye witnesses etc. The criminals are using simple techniques to defeat this. They use jacket hoods (kwebika ku mutwe), not to be seen properly. They also bend the registration plates of the "pikipikis" so that they are not properly read.

Due to the laxity in UCC, there was also the problem of people owning phones with false names. The criminals take advantage of large numbers of cars, boda bodas, mobile phones and people, to do bad things and escape rapidly without being identified clearly and quickly using the old methods.

That is why, following the killing of Kaweesi, which came following the killing of the Moslem Sheikhs, Joan Kagezi etc, I ordered to put emphasis on upgrading our technical means of monitoring crime in the towns and along the highways. Having to buy these items from outside takes time. Nevertheless, we are now moving.

The following are the technical solutions we shall acquire to monitor crime in the whole country, starting with the towns:

1. Cameras, mounted along the streets and highways, assisted by cameras by individuals, at their own cost, on their business premises and homes;

2. Improved forensic capacity of the police;

3. Electronically monitored devices mounted on all cars, other auto-mobiles, boda bodas, that are not removable from the platform that will help us to know where a particular vehicle was at a particular time; this will be done by vehicle owners at their own cost; and

4. Other technical means that I do not want to go in here.

We had delayed to go into acquiring these capabilities because of doing other priorities, especially: Defence , the roads, electricity, schools, health and the ICT backbone.

Everybody can see what has been done. Since, however, we are now forced by criminals, we have already started diverting reasonable chunks of money to close this gap in the anti-crime infrastructure. We shall defeat these criminals in the towns as we defeated the others in the Bush. If it is ADF doing it, we shall do something about it. If it is other groups, we definitely will cater for that also.

Our society has enjoyed a lot of freedom and a laxed way of life: trans-nights, drinking at all hours, gambling, freely bringing money and taking it out, preaching everything and everywhere, travelling out of and into the country, writing and broadcasting everything and everywhere, etc etc.

Some people tell me that NRM should be stricter and try to regiment the country more. I have never been entirely convinced about this line of thinking. I prefer to teach by example rather than coercion. I prefer relying on the Policeman of the mind rather than the Policeman of the body, except for criminals.

Now, the criminals think that they can use this freedom to undermine and discredit the NRM. They are wrong. The NRM has got a lot of capacity. I only need focus from our MPs so that we budget adequately for the anti-crime infrastructure and for wealth and job creation ahead of consumption and administration.

The killers of Joan Kagezi, the Sheikhs, Kaweesi, Susan Magara and now, Abiriga, will then be defeated wherever they are. They have doomed their future by voluntarily putting themselves in the same category as Kony and the like. Their future is doomed. We need to just expose them and punish them.

Again on the assassins, pigs, cowards. Can these pigs ask themselves one question: "Why doesn't NRM assassinate its opponents? Is it because we do not have the guns or the capacity?"

"Why did we oppose the assassination of Oyite Ojok in the Nile Mansions in 1980-81?" The answer to this is the difference between freedom fighters and fascists and pigs.

It says in the Book of Matthew 7:6: "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine lest they trample them under their feet , and turn and tear you in pieces."

It also says in the Book of Proverbs Chapter 2 verse 14: "Ziryabareeba ababikora, naabo ababishemererwa" - (Woe to those who find joy in doing evil and delight in the perversity of evil).

As we improve our technical capacity in the towns, the sub-committee of National Security, under the Chairmanship of CDF, yesterday decided to recommend to me the call-up of some reserves to deploy wherever criminals may manifest themselves.

Remember, we have a reserve of 12 million men and women. Our reluctance to call-up more man-power is because of trying to avoid costs so that we invest in developments.

In the State-of-the-Nation address, I pointed out the work done on the roads and electricity. We shall have to decelerate on some of those projects so that we up-grade the security infrastructure and also, for a limited period, call up more man-power.

Therefore, the cowardly pigs that shot Abiriga at leisure without any equalizing fire being directed at them, will next time get a more balanced equation.

I must also comment on the slow response of the police in the Kawanda area. There are 14 police personnel at Kawanda Trading Centre operating in squads. If they were ready and on stand-by, they could have rushed and blocked the few exit points from that area for the criminals. That is something the police in the whole country need to study. Prepared squads should be ready to move in a minute to respond or to block the exits of these criminals.

Hon. Abiriga was known to me as a very loyal NRM cadre. I did not know that he was such a good mobiliser. My visit to the area of Kirinyabigo and Kawanda - Kaayi yesterday, showed me how much the people loved him on account of interacting well with them and, especially, the children.

Collective security is better than individualized security of single bodyguards, sitting in the same vehicle with the principal. The individualized body-guarding helps against the low capacity criminals like the ones of Masaka.

However, for the organised criminals, armed with rifles, collective security with cameras, patrol cars, foot standing patrols and other technical solutions are the way forward.

As you can see in the cases of Kaweesi and Abiriga, sitting with bodyguards (even if they are many) in a single soft skin vehicle, of whatever type, without vigilance of observing whether you are being followed by suspicious people, is not a solution.

The enemy can, by surprise attack all of you, without giving you a chance to respond. If we try to have follow cars etc, the cost may be prohibitive. That is why collective security, which is possible, is superior.

Down with the pigs. Down with the parasites. Abiriga has joined the glorious list of our warriors who fell in the struggle: Martin Mwesiga, Mwesigwa Black, Valerian Rwaheeru, Kagina, Musisi and numerous others that contributed to the victory of the NRM and the people of Uganda.

Yoweri K. Museveni


President of the Republic of Uganda


+2 #11 Abner Okiria 2018-06-11 11:21
H.E is reading from a different script of nostalgia. Wake up
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+3 #12 miki 2018-06-11 11:26
Apart from the violent thieve/robbers, the mafia dons in police uniforms with pips, these is also another group that has benefitted tremendously from this crime wave.

These are the people who run the security agencies in Uganda. The majority of them are closely related to members of the first family or others in the governing class. To these people, the crime and the resultant fear/panic is good business.

People hire their armed guards to keep watch of their homes, business or even to act as body guards. The people whose guns and guards we hire are in more ways than one the same people who are supposed to set the security/safety agenda.

Does it surprise anybody that they have deliberately screwed up the police so as to create business for their private security companies? I challenge the observer to investigate who owns with security agency in Uganda. Then you will understand how we got here.
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+2 #13 miki 2018-06-11 11:43
Security/ and safety-wise, Museveni lost the war a long time ago. It is too late. There are vested business interests in the insecurity, and the criminals have become more sophisticated.

The only good thing is that the criminals have now started doing to 'big' people what they have been doing to small people whose killers were ever found. Like they say, a society that failed to protect the many who are weak eventually fails to protect few strong ones in its midist.

Did Mr. Museveni just call the killers of Hon Abiriga pigs and idiots? He has indulged in similar name calling wherever a mighty one has been felled in similar manner and fashion.

Swine and idiotas these killers seem not to be. They are just smarter than Mr. Museveni's police as constituted, and they must be having a good understanding of the counter-veiling and conflicting interests mentioned above.
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+2 #14 Lakwena 2018-06-11 11:47
Mr. M7 says: "Why kill somebody because you do not agree with him? Why don't you defeat his ideas with your "better" ideas?"

With his posturing, Mr. M7 is a thoughtless, soulless and shameless creature. Since 1981, because he did not agree with his adversaries, how many did he personally kill and by commission?

In Nov 2016 e.g., why did he commission the massacre of the people of Kasese, because they disagreed with his disrespect and mistreatment of their King, the Omisinga Omumbere?

In 1987, who send the NRA platoon to murder Dr. Andrew Kayira in cold blood? And when the Elias Lukwago of this country demanded for the Scotland Yard Report, he pounced on them with such a deadly menace.

In other words, because not all Ugandans are idiotic as he thinks, and owing to his foolish self-deception; if I were Mr. M7, I would slit my throat because of the bloodshed caused this country and Great lake Region.
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+3 #15 Twebz 2018-06-11 12:06
If true that the killing is political, then this is heralding more serious killings.

Political in a sense that there is no space left through which leaders can be changed. I fear it can escalate into further killings and war.
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0 #16 Ed Kizito 2018-06-11 15:09
Interesting indeed, then that means the assassins that killed the late Andrew Kayiira were already defeated, they were(are) pigs and parasites.

They are cowards (according to you) and the killers miscalculated and showed their bankruptcy. "Why kill somebody because you do not agree with him? Why don't you defeat his ideas with your "better" ideas?" so asks Museveni.

Why did they kill him, why didn't they compete with him, again, you tell that it's because of their bankruptcy.

I like this one Mr Museveni;" Your ideas cannot compete with ideas of the victim in terms of development. That is why you decide to kill him or her. That will not help you. Others with the same ideas will continue".

This has given me an insight about why the Late Andrew Lutakoome Kayiira was assassinated, thanks a lot. I now know.
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+3 #17 Wooden K. 2018-06-11 15:23
Dear Uganda !

Today , I have decided to make 5 declarations:

1- I refuse to read the President`s statement.
2- I refuse to cry for Abiriga
3- I totally reject the comparision (okuwayiriza) between Abiraga`s killers and our blessed PIGS.

Pigs save lives and never murder nobody. Pigs put down their lives daily to feed mankind. Pigs are not tribal or sectarian like some people, Pigs do not steal our taxes. Pigs have never caused any war in which many innocent lives perish.

Pigs did not attack Mumbere or shoot 46 Ugandans during Kayunga protests. Pigs did not invade and plunder Congo. Its not pigs that started off the Rwanda massacres.

If Africa was led by pigs ( not the ones from Animal Farm) we would all live in bacon& sausage heavenly peace.

4- I mourn and remember all our people that have been shot dead by all kinds of idiots since 1966.

5- GUNS are shit !!!
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