NRM Taskforce spokesperson, Mike Sebalu, says Ugandans need to accept the principle of crime preventers.
“The problem is that we politicise everything,” Sebalu said while appearing on a political talk show dubbed “The Capital Gang” on Saturday.
He said crime preventers are not a creation of this year.
According to their website, the crime preventers’ forum was launched in 2013 at Kabalye by the president.
Blaize Kamugisha, the national coordinator of crime preventers, who was previously NRM chairman of Makerere University, said the idea of crime preventers is rooted in NRM activism and cadreship.
Human Rights Watch recently said crime preventers harass and beat civilians to dying point.
Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, reportedly set a target of 1.6 million crime preventers, or around 30 in each of Uganda’s 56,000 villages.
“We should be able to accept the principle of crime preventers,” Sebalu appealed on Capital Radio.
“We have made great improvement on infrastructure and security,” he said, noting that NRM day was worth celebrating with what “we have gone through in the last 30 years”.
He said the people against crime preventers were individuals who don’t want to promote a good programme.
“Good children from these communities should be seconded to take part in this principle.”
Not long ago, Kayihura was quoted saying he would arm crime preventers with guns to prepare them for war.
He said they [NRM] would not hand over power to the opposition—the power they fought for.
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