Government on The Spot Over Recruitment of Crime Preventers

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Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Shadow Defence Minister noted that what Mutale and his group are doing is illegal and a threat to national security.

Government has come under fire from the opposition for the alleged recruitment of militias under the guise of training crime preventers ahead of the 2016 general elections. Several opposition legislators poured scorn over the Police decision to recruit, train and pass out crime preventers with intentions of using them to destabilise opposition activities and campaigns.
 

 
Recently, General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police revealed plans by the Police to recruit at least 10 million crime preventers before the 2016 polls. He said the crime preventers will help to provide Police intelligence information in their communities.

 
 
This afternoon, Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP raised concern on the matter. He singled out Major Kakooza Mutale, the head of Kalangala Action Plan, who he accuses of mobilising hundreds of youths to threaten opposition members.
 

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He was supported by Brenda Nabukenya, the Luweero Woman MP who revealed that her constituents are living in fear over the presence of Mutale's group in the district.

 
Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Shadow Defence Minister noted that what Mutale and his group are doing is illegal and a threat to national security.

 
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However, John Ssimbwa, the Makindye West made a case for the crime preventers saying the crime level had declined in areas where they are deployed.

Alice Alaso, the Serere Woman MP dismissed Simbwa's claims asserting that Mutale has for years been singled out for terrorising the opposition.

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The Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa explained that though she was aware of the role of crime preventers, the Minister of Internal Affairs General Aronda Nyakairima would be tasked to make a statement.


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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.