Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura has said that opposition parties are desperate to swallow National Resistance Movement (NRM) government over oil.
According to a transcribed speech released by police spokesperson person Fred Enanga on Wednesday, Kayihura made the remarks on the passing out of crime preventers at Sebei College on the 21st January, 2016.
“These people who are talking, some of them are ignorant, and I am suspicious they want our country to remain disorganized and weak, so that they can swallow us, especially when they have heard there is oil. You know when they talk about the oil curse, what they mean,” Kayihura said.
Adding; “So the government is very clear on this matter and nobody should even waste our time because this is a democratic policing. We are empowering ourselves, the community, to fight criminals in the neighbourhood. I don’t know even whom they vote and it’s not my business.”
Kayihura has been accused by opposition parties and civil society organisations of politicizing and militarising Uganda police.
Recently, Human Rights watch called upon government to disband crime preventers ahead of presidential elections.
Commenting on the call to disband crime preventers at the same function, Kayihura stated;
“The other day there was some Human Rights Watch lady and she is even my friend, who came to ask me and even made a statement that we suspend crime preventers.”
“And my response was, ‘ok if you want me to suspend crime preventers you should also suspend the criminals’ but will not suspend the crime preventers because the criminals are there.”