Crime Preventers Directed To Fight Voter Bribery

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President Museveni says crime preventers should fight voter bribery, domestic violence and theft of government drugs in the communities.

President Yoweri Museveni directs crime preventers to help police fight voter bribery in the forthcoming general elections. According to the president, politicians are resorting to bribing voters at the expense of offering services to the citizens, a practice that must be stopped.

He says it is only crime preventers who can report politicians who are distributing salt, soap and money to bribe voters, since they are part of the communities.

Other key challenges that the president wants crime preventers to fight include domestic violence and theft of government drugs.

This was during the pass out of 200,000 crime preventers at Golf Course in Lira town. 30 crime preventers were recruited per village in the eight districts of Lango - Lira, Oyam, Dokolo, Kole, Apac, Otuke, Amolatar and Alebtong.

They were trained by Uganda police for six months on how to detect and report crime in their communities. The entire Lango sub-region has only 1800 police personnel, and the force is counting on the crime preventers to support them in fighting crime.

President Museveni says government is embarking on the reduction of crimes to facilitate fast development of the region, following the return of peace.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.