The issue of insecurity and crime has dominated talks from almost every part of the country. That these incidents occur without much ado brings to question the probability of the police force and other security organs to combat the menace. The fight can only succeed if all apparatus and required personnel are put to full use within the discipline of their oath of office. There have been cases where men in uniform have been accused of turning against the people they are employed to protect. In this same column, we yesterday pointed out the ills in the traffic police department. Some of them are not left out of the present accusation of being involved in criminal activities with or without their uniforms. On Wednesday while addressing the organized forces at Freedom Hall, President Salva Kiir told the officers to work to the expectations of the public. The President blamed some of them of being involved in crimes against the people they are employed to serve. There were reported cases of robberies, killings and looting of members of the public’s properties. This the head of State told them must stop. Something the President brought to the notice of the public through questioning the officers and which is very important as that “how do these criminals acquire guns and uniforms if not through the same you (officers).” We cannot tell more because what the President asked is true and is the reality on the ground. The good news is that the police force like other security organs in the country is being reformed. We have been told from Interior head office that the reform programme is on-going and soon the country will have a manageable and well-disciplined police force that is public friendly but that lives to the core of the call of duty.


Topical Commentary

With Odongo Odoyo


Three days ago our common friend took a ten days leave to go for one in a lifetime graduation in the neighbouring country’s capital City, Kampala. No, not Kampala, those conversant with the geography of Uganda tells us that Busoga University is not anywhere near the capital. Some of the 400 university students who were among those unlucky to cross the border for the graduation had been attending courses at the Star International University in Juba which is affiliated to Busoga. Come the expected big day in the matoke-land, some students took to air themselves to the institute through the main Entebbe Airport while the majority took a leisure ride through the high-class coaches. All were excited and were only looking forward to being awarded their hard earned degrees in different fields of attainments. Little did they know what awaits them ahead until those in the coaches reached Nimule. They were told not to bother going to Uganda because there was no graduation. Our friend SaPT was among the expected graduates. He was on his way far away from home to come backed armed with a Master degree on what he did not explain or tell us. Those who had taken the trip through the air were equally stranded in the foreign land where they were expected to come back home armed to the teeth with their academic papers and get involved or engaged in the development of this Nation. This was not to be. They failed to get the paper and both Stars and Busoga Universities have not come out to explain why this did happen. Any explanation will not meet the expectation of these young men and women who had prepared, spent money and put other logistics down for the expected day. One, how could Star University let them cross or take the journey with all-ready preparation for their big day without telling them earlier of the postponement. What is really behind the reason (s) of keeping mum until the damage is done and only let the expected students know after setting out on the journey and half way to their destination. These questions beg answers from the Busoga, Star Universities and the Ministry of Higher Education. Those affected might not prepare for another effective representation like the last chance they have wasted. SaPT promised to pursue this matter the final conclusion because he lost time and money preparing and even the tuition fee he had parted with like other fellow students. For us SaPT’s friends and colleagues, we would like the Ministry of Higher Education to tell the country why these graduations had to be taken across the border while Star which is an affiliate of Busoga and is the place where the students were pursuing their courses is here with us. Something is not right in all these. All we need is clarification.

Socrates Quotes

“Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.”

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

“The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.”

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.”




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