UGANDAN’S President Yoweri Museveni accused some members of the security forces of conniving with criminals on Wednesday as he announced measures including the collection of DNA from all Ugandans to help curb surging crime.
A flurry of unsolved murders and kidnappings for ransom has eroded Ugandans’ trust in law enforcement bodies. The failure of police to issue an annual crime report since 2013 has fuelled suspicions they are trying to conceal the scale of the problem.
“Negligence and even collusion with the criminals by some elements in the security forces has been part of the problem,” Museveni said during a special address to parliament on the state of national security.
Museveni, in power since 1986, also said the police needed to show greater vigilance.
“If you analyse recent murders there are always clues that sometimes are not followed,” he said.
Museveni said his government would organise the collection of DNA samples from the whole population to facilitate the identification of suspects. It would also require motorvehicles and motorcycles to buy electronic license plates.