Aronda Wants Anti-terrorism Unit Detached From Internal Affairs

Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Uganda's Internal Affairs Minister
Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Uganda’s Internal Affairs Minister

Uganda’s Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima wants the budget of the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task force (JATF) to be detached from the Internal Affairs Ministry Budget.

The Joint Anti-Terrorist Task Force (JATF) is an interagency security unit created through the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 to address terror threats and rebel activities in the country.

However, the taskforce along with the Internal Security Organization (ISO) and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), from which the JATF draws many of its members, has drawn international criticism with claims of torture and illegal detention of suspect.

Gen. Aronda states that the Internal Affairs Ministry inherited the agency which he claims should ideally be hosted by the security department on the basis of its intelligence related work.

“This is intelligence money and we have Ministry of Security and the accountability of this money lies with the auditor general, whereas at that time there could have been a reason to pass it here, I would want to find out whether it is still justifiable”, Aronda noted.

Aronda added that he wants to make sure that the end, financial allocations to JATF relate to its entry point.

Gen. Aronda makes a similar request for the United Nations Africa Institute for Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI).

UNAFRI is an establishment tasked to promote harmonious socioeconomic development in Africa through the incorporation of suitable policies and programs for crime prevention and criminal justice in National Planning.

But Gen. Aronda argues that UNAFRI should be funded under the ministry of Foreign Affairs since it’s a United Nations Agency, which is possibly misplaced under the foreign affairs docket.

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