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GEN KANDIHO, ARGUABLY, HAS A BIGGER TASK IN THE POLICE FORCE THAN AT CMI

I am a lay civilian without any grounding whatsoever in military matters. Obviously, I can use an AK-47. I have the training. By reading a lot on military matters and following the army, really armies, and their ethos, everywhere, I can speculate on one or three things and be corrected.
The deployment of Gen Kandiho to South Sudan was most perplexing. In our beer-drinking, pork (terrorists) eating, soft porn sharing work life, there’s what we call signaling.
What signal did the Commander-in-Chief give to his forces, officers and men?
That, when you successfully execute your duty to the detriment of your entire adult life, you can be sacrificed, because an enemy State (Rwanda was declared an enemy State in 2001 under the aegis of Amama Mbabazi and that hasn’t been revoked, yet) wants you out of the way?
I tend to think the most important component of the military, are the men and women. The blood and flesh. Yes, they may be trained to handle such exigencies with better mental fortitude than us and our malwa bellies, but they are human.
They are our brothers, sisters, fathers, uncles, cousins. They feel. They react, though, probably in a more controlled and disciplined fashion. The majority. There are some bad apples.
That signal (of sending Abel Kandiho to a Lion’s Den in Juba, South Sudan) was the worst since Museveni decided to bring to the leadership of the army the Kazini, Nakibus Lakara group; excellent warriors, but woeful administrators, and, thankfully, he has never repeated the mistake.
We thank him for his foresight in redeploying a worthy son of Uganda to the Police Force.
UGANDA’s key problems are internal. We have an excellent defensive posture, but we are not policing this country, effectively. We are not even institutionalizing the policing mechanisms, well. We have had to move with the drift. With 43 million souls and counting, this is a recipe for disaster.
We have a lot of crime and criminality creeping up, as a result of the Broken Window Theory. Lots of it arises out of the failure and corruption in government service provision as a result of grubby, greedy officialdom.
Police can and MUST look into the fight against corruption, as one that, should it be successful, would help reduce on crime and criminality as a result of crimes of opportunity and those arising out of necessity. A dispossessed family, as a result of being evicted off their land, will have no choice but to pick up pavers, the gods are damned!
If there’s crop failure due to poor seeds getting onto the market, because an officer at MAAIF or whatever agency is responsible for seed quality, didn’t do their work, the results are a stressed out and overworked Police Force.  Kandiho and his men and women in the UPF will need to approach every crime and trend in criminality with a keen 360° view. He has the necessary executive experience and reach, to ensure he gets all the information he needs to achieve this.
The main reason a boy of 17, is or would be emboldened to hit your car windscreen with a paving stone and grab a less than $100 TECNO phone, is due to some technocrat somewhere abdicating duty and not facilitating the erection of street lights across the major inner-city and inter-city feeder roads and arterials.
The man, who, insane as a wolf on heat, rapes an old woman, is down to lack of a functional mental health structure.
You cannot have a State that fails to enforce things as mundane as proper fixing of number plates on motorcycles, with the added insult of rendering identification by traffic police personnel or the expensive CCTV camera network, redundant. How can a country debate the regulation of Boda BODAS for close to a decade as people continue getting raped, robbed, murdered, by criminal elements in that group?
Gen Kandiho’s work is cut out. Ensure the return of security of the person and property. Go about it diligently, the same way you dismantled enemy sleeper cells that had brought low-intensity conflict and induced a level of precarity in this city and country that had not been seen in decades.
Our economy, tourism and society will thank you.
We thank the C-i-C for proper signaling.

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