“….we are ready to die for the president [Yoweri Museveni]. We have two goals. The first goal is to protect the president and the second is to protect the country. Our existence is the extension of the 1986 revolution,” Mr Kamugisha noted during the group’s third annual conference on Saturday at IUEA auditorium in Kasanga, a Kampala suburb.
Crime Preventers- is a pseudo security unit under Uganda Police. The group came to limelight in the run-up to the February 2016 elections. The opposition politicians later branded the group ‘regime militias’. The members are not paid a salary.
Mr. Kamugisha told the more than 3,000 crime preventers’ coordinators of crime preventers from various sub-counties and municipalities that the group has the numbers to take on those who stand in the way of lifting the age limit. Adding that Article 102 (b) would be scrapped from the Constitution by hook or crook.
Mr Kamugisha said they have enough numbers to engage whoever wants to oppose the plan to have President Museveni in State House beyond 2021. He says president Museveni is a visionary leader who still has a lot to do for Uganda.
“This is a movement that is well guided. If we mobilised only 60,000 village crime preventers’ coordinators, we would silence the whole country,” Mr Kamugisha said.
According to police accounts, crime preventers number up to 11 million. They were passed out last year at function presided over by president Museveni.
Several crime preventers have been killed or arrested while allegedly committing crimes including burglary
At the same function at Kasanga, JJ Odongo challenged crime preventers to engage in income generating activities.
‘ ‘You can’t protect people’s property when you own nothing to protect’’ said Minister JJ Odongo while launching the economic empowerment strategy of crime preventers
The minister revealed that Government is in the process of formulating a policy that will guide the operations of crime preventers around the country.Currently the thousands of crime preventers policing the communities in which they live, operate under unclear structures with no legally defined guidelines. T