Tumukunde Puts Criminal Gangs on Notice

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In short
The former Director General of Internal Security Organization ISO says his emphasis is to ensure that the country is freed of gangs that have sprouted in almost every part of the country.

Security Minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has put criminal gangs on notice, as he starts his tenure as Security Minister.  Tumukunde says the era of criminal gangs is coming to an end.

The former Director General of Internal Security Organization (ISO) says his emphasis is to ensure that the country is freed of gangs that have sprouted in almost every part of the country.

Tumukunde was speaking after he was handed office by his predecessor, Mary Karooro Okurut.

The notice comes as police battles a number of criminal gangs most of which are operating from the capital Kampala. They include the infamous Kifeesi group, which operates within the city centre and suburbs around Kampala.

Police has also listed other gangs including B13, Naguru Arrow Boys, Bijambiya, Sobbi and Baboon, which mainly operate within the Kampala Metropolitan area. Several other groups are operating in the countryside.

Tumukunde says that these, will be wiped out.
 
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Tumukunde adds that he has consulted with the Ministry of Local Government to include local council officials in supporting the work of the ministry. He says they play a great role in providing intelligence on security matters.
 
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 Karooro, on the other hand tasked Tumukunde to push for better funding of security and intelligence officers stationed at the Sub County and districts, as well as ministry staff.
 
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Tumukunde promised to consider Karooro's request, but warned ministry staff against sloppiness in execution of their duties.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.