- The President said criminals were taking advantage of a gap in the security infrastructure to commit crimes.
- He blamed the police for laxity.
President Museveni has again criticised police over the increasing crimes in Uganda and efforts to address them.
Even as he accused the police of laxity, he assured Ugandans of their security.
As he slammed the police, he cited the recent murders of more than 20 women in Entebbe and Nasana Municipality, Wakiso District.
Mr Museveni said this during a two-hour broadcast of his New Year’s message on Sunday. It was broadcast live from his home in Rwakitura.
President Museveni said the assailants were taking advantage of a gap in the security infrastructure.
“Even the old police methods could have unearthed those criminals earlier. However, some laxity had crept in with some elements in the police failing to do what they should have done,” said Mr Museveni.
“Vigorous corrective measures were taken and are being taken to ensure that the Police Force is totally free of infiltration by criminals or any other non-patriotic elements.
"On the side of security, I want to, again, assure Ugandans of their security. In order to send a message to the terrorists, the UPDF launched an air and Artillery attack on ADF who continue to freely use Eastern Congo to train, recruit and send assassins in Uganda like the ones who killed a number of Sheikhs last year."
The President also pointed out small-scale irrigation projects and the use of solar-powered water pumps that would be used to ensure villages receive sufficient water for farming.
He added that the country would also establish large-scale irrigation schemes.