By Mike Ssegawa
When Major Mohammed Kiggundu was gunned down on Saturday with his bodyguard in Masanafu, Lubaga division, it took President Yoweri Museveni to order a simple exercise like removing bodies from the scene of crime full of security officers, to the mortuary.
The same madness was exhibited in Kasese when over 50 people were killed in the town. The Rwenzururu problem is political and ordering war against Wesley Mumbere’s palace was misguided. It’s a standoff and massacre that would have been avoided with better security leadership on top of the situation.
Now either Gen Kayihura has not prepared his officers to answer the right call in his absence or security has become him. The general is out of the country on official duties and he could fly in anytime from information I have. A reassuring figure is always needed in such security crises and in that respect Kayihura always doesn’t shy away from such situations.
It’s unacceptable that 50 people are killed in a king’s palace. If the state believes there’s criminal conspiracy, it should arrest the conspirators? If Mumbere is part of the criminality, he too should be arrested and taken to court. If there’s any politician in Kasese behind such madness, he or she must be arrested and taken to court.
We should never allow extra judicial killings in our country. The firepower exchanges like it happened in Kasese can happen anywhere if we don’t condemn it.
And Mumbere should get the courage to sue the state on behalf of his people for justice to be served.
And if our security means Gen Kayihura being in Uganda physically, that’s sad. But I pray he starts off to undo the damage as soon as he returns to Kampala
Gen Kayihura abroad, who’s in charge of Uganda’s security in time of crises?
By Mike Ssegawa