General Amin, the Uganda head of state, called the country's security chiefs to a briefing session at the International Conference Centre in Kampala on Thursday (30 March).
General Amin, the Uganda head of state, called the country's security chiefs to a briefing session at the International Conference Centre in Kampala on Thursday (30 March). Senior officers of the army, air force, police and prison service down to district level were called to the meeting.
The briefing followed the General's earlier announcement that he had suspended the ??? Affairs Minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Obitre-Gama, pending "the clearing-up of certain points at the ministry" -- General Amin said he would take personal charge of internal affairs.
At Thursday's meeting, General Amin said he had taken charge because of increasing corruption in the police which had taken hold during the regime of former President Milton Obote. He accused the police of deplorable indiscipline and dereliction of duty.
The General praised the standards and discipline of the military forces and the prison service, and stressed the importance of internal security, without which the country could be neither peaceful nor prosperous.
The General also explained the reasons behind the expulsion of Israeli diplomats and civilians from Uganda. He said he had decided on a final break because certain Israelis were engaging in "subversive activities". Some were found armed with machine-guns, he claimed.