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Police fed up, to evict crime preventers from stations

Police is considering evicting crime preventers from its posts and police stations for acting contrary to what they are supposed to be doing. Police established the crime preventer's forum in 2013 as part of its community policing program.

The crime preventers were expected to detect and report crime to police for action. However, police political commissar Asan Kasingye says some of the crime preventers are now involved in criminality such as theft, extortion, murder among others. Earlier this year in March, President Yoweri Museveni said crime preventers, mostly seen by many as sacked inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura's 'project', were now a reserve force. 

Kasingye said the crime preventers, leave their homes and park their motorcycles at the nearest police station before they storm neighbouring villages to engage in crime, something which cannot be tolerated under the new police leadership of inspector general of police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola.

Last month, police commanders at different police stations across the country were ordered to start recovering all police property in the hands of crime preventers.  These include among others office furniture, T-shirts, computers, laptops and motorcycles. The property was given to the crime preventers by Kayihura to facilitate their work.  

Police political commissar Asan Kasingye

Kayihura reportedly favoured the crime preventers and gave them lucrative procurement deals in the force. Kayihura used the crime preventers to spy on his officers, which created hatred among the two groups. Police records indicate that there are more than 11 million crime preventers under the leadership of Crime Preventers Association of Uganda

"We’re starting a new chapter. We don’t want to hear officers dressed in a police uniform being called criminals, fraudsters, kifeesi [thugs). But to achieve that we need to work together with the community." Kasingye said. 

Kasingye said this while representing IGP Ochola during a community engagement in Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb to address unemployment challenges as well as preventing conflicts in marginalised communities in urban slums. Kasingye said police is determined to open a new chapter and redeem its tainted image.

He asked the youth in the area to be law abiding. He cited the example of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine, who, emerged from similar ghetto set up circumstances through legitimate channels to rise to fame.

"My friend Bobi Wine who is now on everyone’s lips, let us be honest, Bobi Wine is a big influence but he did not become a celebrity through criminality. He is an inspiration, many others can be like him."

Kasingye said that Kisenyi is a known hub for drug abuse and other forms of criminality that is why police was reaching out to the community there. However, Bleshious Katumba, a resident of the area blames the extremism in the area on the violent approach by the police force.

"Violence cannot handle violence, you understand? Peace is the only solution for war, you can never finish a war with war. You can never…We really need the police to calm down, understand the youth, try to think like them because violence is the key factor demoralising thing killing the youth." he said. 

Most of the residents faulted police for failing in its responsibility, which they said fuels violence in slums. Elizabeth Lukwago, a resident of Kisenyi said police has visited their area on numerous occasions with promises of improving the security situation but nothing is implemented.

The engagement was part of the programs being implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with support from the European Union to empower youths in slums.

Comments

+3 #1 gatashimana 2018-06-22 00:48
Good approach Kasingye. That's what we call community policing in the 21st century.

The only issue you have now is to weed out the rotten apples because you've got quite a huge number of them.

The fish rots from the head to the bottom and that's the case with many stations. The rot begins with the Officers in Charge of these police posts and stations. Begin your cleanup with Iganga, Nondwe, Mayuge, Namayingo.
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0 #2 gwok 2018-06-22 01:00
"..... Earlier this year in March, President Yoweri Museveni said crime preventers, mostly seen by many as sacked inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura's 'project', were now a reserve force. ...." and what does our parliament say about the same CPs, especially about their legality as a part of our armed forces?
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+2 #3 WADADA rogers 2018-06-22 08:07
I am told we have 11,000,000 crime preventors, if these were a militia group and were created to solidify the voting, Museveni will stay in power for as long as he wants.

Am told they are also suppposed to get a salary under are now now under the UPDF, what are they doing at police stations
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0 #4 Jama 2018-06-22 13:53
These crime perpetuators are the gap the gap that separates the population and the police.As to their number of 11 Million,this is pure fiction
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0 #5 Ugthinker 2018-06-22 14:13
That’s the kind of line a people’s POLICE should take. Gone should be the days when police meant criminality, the bad old Kaihura days.

One wonders why people like Kasingye were happy to be lumped together with criminals to the extent of defending that rotten outfit!

Something is so wrong with our society, a lot of people who were praising Kaihura are joining us only now to point out the criminal Kaihura was! We need to discuss this slippage in our society really.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2018-06-22 17:00
Banish these goons to Somalia where they will gain "valuable experience".

alternatively if they resist, a place can be found in Karamoja (gulag camp) where they can learn a little bit of humility; growing their own food and foraging for roots, wild vegetables and edible, protein rich rats.
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0 #7 Lakwena 2018-06-22 17:10
In other words, the weevils need Doom fumigation.
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0 #8 Lysol 2018-06-23 01:39
The so-called crime preventers were created for two reasons.

One, steal an election for Museveni. Secondly to be a power base fo gestapo KK to overthrow Museveni.

Both M7 and KK were playing each other which has resulted in the current stalemate between the two.
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0 #9 Friday David 2018-06-23 07:55
Eleven million a pure lie
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