The newly appointed Internal Affairs Minister, Rose Akol, Friday appeared the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament seeking Shs37bn to help recruit crime preventers.
She presented the 2016/2017 Financial Year budget framework paper for the interior ministry and proposed budgetary allocations for the Uganda Police Force.
Akol said part of the Shs37.4bn would help police in community policing exercises which would include recruiting and training of crime preventers.
She explained that crime preventers were vital in fighting crime at village levels and would serve as an additional force to the local police.
The crime preventers have already been given motorcycles to help them carryout their activities during the 2016 elections.
MPs reject the request
Members of Parliament on defence committee, however, rejected her request saying they would be made to look like fools.
Muwuma Milton Kalulu, the MP for Kigulu County South in Iganga District, said the timing for recruiting crime preventers was not good tasking the minister to furnish the house with more information.
Bubulo East MP, Simon Mulongo, told the house that he was detained by his opponent for 40 minutes with the help of crime preventers during October violent NRM primaries.
“During the NRM primaries, a crime preventer shouted at me that he is a crime promoter not preventer.”
Mubende district Woman MP, Ms Benny Bugembe Namugwanya, concurred with MP Mulongo saying what happened in the NRM primaries is a pointer that the General Elections are going to be worse.
Butambala County Member of Parliament (MP), Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, was more ruthless; he compared crime preventers to Rwanda genocidal militia-the Ntarahanwes infamous for sowing the 1994 Rwnadan genocide.
“We should stand on the budget for the police until Monday to have a special session with it,” Kivumbi suggested.
Cornered, Minister Akol humbly requested that the police budget be passed and then the legislators can continue engaging on the question of crime preventers.
This was rejected by MP Namugwanya who suggested another meeting for Monday 8:00am to resolve the issue.
Mr Kaps Hassan Fungaroo, the Member of Parliament for Obongi County in Moyo district, reminded the minster that they [legislators] “shall look like fools if we approve the police budget without resolving the issues of crime preventers”.
President Yoweri Museveni while passing atleast 200,000 crime preventers in Lango Sub-Region in Northern Uganda, in October, said he had no money to pay crime preventers salaries.
He quickly pointed out:”…but we shall give them projects like a maize mill in every sub-county and also adding value to sim-sim instead of exporting them raw to Sudan”.
Museveni will kick-start the 2016 race for president Museveni with at least 1.7 million mobilisers or votes or both [crime preventers].
This is also supplemented by other militia groups for example that of Maj Roland Kakooza Mutale which he has been training in Luweero jungles.