Politics one of the factors for increasing murders, Jeje Odong

Hon Jeje Odong the minister for internal affairs told parliament Thursday that politics is the main reason for the rise in violent crimes in the country.

According to the minister, providing security to Ugandans is one of the NRM’s biggest successes and one that has had them vote the party back in power always.

The minister added that the rising spate of murders and insecurity on politicians is because they are using the situation politically to discredit the NRM.

“The security agencies have tried to understand what factors drive this new crime trend and politics is one of them,” he said.

The minister was responding to Hon Francis Zaake’s (Mityana Municipality) concerns over the government’s silence on the spontaneous kidnaps and murders that were happening in the country.

Last week, Maria Nagirinya a former employee of Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI) who was kidnapped from her home gate in Lunguja by unknown assailants was found murdered in Nakitutuli village Mukono District.

Nagirinya’s body was found lying next to that of her driver, Kitayimbwa who had also been brutally murdered and dumped in the bush.

Similarly, last Thursday, Joshua Nteireho and Merina Tumukunde were shot and killed at Nambirigwa Bridge along the Kampala Entebbe Express Highway.

In the recent murder of Joshua Nteireho, a police officer was arrested to help with investigations, raising fresh concerns over security agencies.

In his concerns to the minister, Hon Zaake pointed out that security officers were behind most of the terror and crime in the country.

The same issue was confirmed by Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwiine while appearing before the Human Rights Committee of Parliament to answer queries of torture in illegal safe houses around the country.

The minister admitted that not all security officers are angels and have to be dealt with from time to time when they misbehave.

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