Chaos after crime preventer shoots boy dead


Museveni passing crime preventers

Last week, a report started circulating of how a crime preventer had shot dead a young boy in Bududa district.

The boy, 16, was identified as Daniel Wanzama.

Following the incident, Nametsi village residents in Bukalasi sub-raided Bukalasi Police Post and left it in ruins.

The father of the deceased, Micheal Wanga, told Daily Monitor that the incident happened last Thursday as he worked in the garden.

The boy and his colleagues were playing football in the compound of Nametsi Primary School when their ball accidentally hit a building housing the police post.

When the boy ran to get the ball, a crime preventer picked up his gun and shot at him through the eyes.

The Elgon region police commander, Jacob Opolot, said the crime preventer and one police officer have been arrested and will be charged accordingly.

Crime preventers in criminal activities

In December 2014, Masaka district Security committee said it was investigating reports that several crime preventers were involved in extortion.

Over 200 crime preventers were deployed in Masaka Municipality to reinforce police force in the fight against crime.

Boniface Wanyama, the Officer in Charge of Nyendo police station used the situation to extort money from residents who would be arrested by crime preventers.

They arrested a one Joseph Kaweesi, a resident of Nyendo while returning from his workshop in Bukomansimbi and took Shs 30,000 from him.

In June 2015, Police in West Nile cited crime preventers in reports of extortion.

The Regional Police Commander Fredrick Ssegirinya directed officers across the region to investigate the reports with a view of apprehending those involved harassing members of the public, extortion, conducting arrests and any other duty that is not within their mandate.

Josephine Angucia, the Police spokesperson for North Western Uganda told URN that they have received complaints from most of the districts in West Nile on the wanting conduct of the crime preventers.

Early this year, two crime preventers from Maracha district were fired after it was discovered that they stole a property belonging to a woman in the district while conducting patrol at night.

While in Arua, on June 2, 2015, a crime preventer from River Oli division was arrested and detained over allegations of rape.

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