Crime preventers in the Northern district of Lira have been accused of raping women and terrorizing residents, contrary to their work.
Lira Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Mr Elias Byamungu said he has been receiving reports of crime prventers instead promoting crime.
According to him, some suspects arrested by crime preventers bribe them to secure their freedom
However, North Kyoga regional police spokesperson, Mr Manshur Suwed, has dismissed the claims as baseless rumors, adding that police will investigate and bring to book those found guilty of the allegations.
The argument by human rights activits is that, since “the exact mandate, command structure, and number of crime preventers” is unclear, and “there is no legal statute establishing the programme”, they lack accountability and are open to politicisation
While passing out 23,000 crime preventers at Nyakasanga grounds in Kasese District in October last year, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni commended the crime preventers’ concept and urged them to good examples to the public.
Museveni also thanked Uganda Police for the noble job done.
“The role of the police is to promote community policing and the role of crime preventers is to stop petty crimes of stealing chicken, coffee and more,” he said.