President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, to start arming civilians in a move to fight terrorists activities.
Those to be armed include students in institutions of higher learning and civilians working in shopping malls which are prone to terror attacks.
Kayihura made the revelation while addressing students at YMCA Wandegeya saying the process was in response to Al Shabaab terror attack on Garissa University in Kenya where about 140 students lost their lives.
“We are training the population to fight crime. The strategy is to start arming you,” he said.
Kayihura said they had already received the directives from the President and were already working on them.
He warned that police would deal with those planning demonstrations like what is happening in Burundi.
Sejusa says gov’t training groups to terrorise opposition
Meanwhile, Gen David Sejusa, alleges that government is busy arming civilians and training several groups specifically to crack down on opposition ahead of 2016 general elections.
“It’s not only the youth but some criminal elements like you heard in Rwanda and Burundi,” Sejusa is quoted by NTV as saying.
In Burundi, the ruling party CNDD-FDD trained a political youth wing, the Imbonerakure militia, which has now progressed into President Pierre Nkurunziza’s private militia that is killing civilians who are against the third term.
Rwanda had the Interahamwe, a Hutu paramilitary organization which enjoyed the backing of the Hutu-led government and massacred thousands of Tutsis in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Kayihura, in response, denied the existence of such groups asking Sejusa to produce evidence.
“Which group of people, let him show them to us. You know these people are only making reckless statements,” Kayihura said.
Sejusa, however, insisted and warned that government was treading a dangerous path.
“It is not only political oppression that the opposition is facing but a criminally wealth thought out syndicate.”
In January 2014, Kayihura passed out 700 Crime Preventers at Makerere University, Kampala after they had completed seven days of intensive training in Community Policing course.
The course was aimed at empowering students with self defense skills, ideological orientation, crime prevention and patriotism.
All the passed out crime preventers are students of Makerere University, Kampala.
During the pass out ceremony students exhibited martial arts, self defense skills, parade drills, football, gun stripping and assembling skills.
He said that the only way to defeat criminals in the country is through community policing.
Last month (April 2015), the National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs (NSPC), Office of The President organized a one-month patriotism development course for students who sat for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in 2014.
The training in patriotism development was launched by President Yoweri Museveni in 2009 consistent with Objective XXIX (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995).
The course whose venue was Uganda Police Training School, Kabalye in Masindi district was scheduled to commence on 30th April, 2015 and would be supervised y Lt. Col. Henry Masiko, the Commissioner for Patriotism Clubs Office of the President.
Matsiko said the training was aimed at inculcating the norms and values of patriotism among students and youths of Uganda, have the participants appreciate the core values and spirit of patriotism – love for Uganda, hard work, unity, service to community and love for self, train them in leadership skills as they are soon to assume positions of responsibility in society and enhance discipline, productivity, healthy minds and lifestyles through physical exercises, elementary parade drills and introduction to plant and animal husbandry.