Anyone feeling pissed off by the increasing recruitment of crime preventers should hang, says police boss Kale Kayihura.
Gen. Kayihura said police will continue to recruit crime preventers regardless of consistent criticism from people he described as political opportunists.
“I am tired of people vulgarizing the concept of crime preventers. It is not the first of its kind in the world and they are not militia groups. We shall not stop recruiting crime preventers. You can hang, if you are ignorant over their importance,” said Gen Kayihura at a two day police sports gala at Sebei College Tegeres in Kapchorwa district on the weekend.
The gala was organised to celebrate the medals and trophies that were won by the police sports teams at World Taekwondo championships in Bulgaria and East African championships in August and November last year.
At the same event, the IGP passed out 70,000 crime preventers from Kween, Kapchorwa and Elgon region. These join the 11 million crime preventers who have been passed out all over the country in the last five years.
“Cases of defilement and domestic violence have gone down because of crime preventers. We don’t grab people to join but they do so out of their own will. It is absurd that someone oppose people’s will,” he said.
Human rights organisations such as Hurinet, African Centre for Rehabilitation and Treatment of Torture Victims (ACTV) and Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) have of recent punched holes in the criteria and curriculum followed while recruiting and training crime preventers. Recently, parliament approved the 37bn budget for crime preventers.
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who was the chief guest warned the Sebei people against consuming rumours that next month’s general elections will be rigged and violent. He assured them that his government has all it takes to organise free and fair elections just like it has always done.
“It is not a matter of convincing you because you are very much aware that NRM has been credited for organising free and fair elections. It won’t be different even in the next month’s elections,” said Dr Rugunda.