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The EU Ambassador had asked Police Chief Kale Kayihura, to explain remarks which he allegedly made during a pass out of the crime preventers from the Sebei region in Kapchorwa District over the weekend.
Inspector General Of Police Kale Kayihura

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The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has today held a meeting with the Ambassador of the European Union Kristian Schmidt, following media reports that he was planning to arm more than 11 million crime preventers if the opposition won the February 18, 2016 elections.

The Ambassador had yesterday asked Kayihura to explain the remarks which he allegedly made during a pass out of the crime preventers from the Sebei region in Kapchorwa District during the weekend.

Kayihura was quoted by local publications saying the Police would arm the crime preventers if the opposition tried to destabilize the country.

According to the Director Interpol and International Asan Kasingye, who was privy to the meeting, Kayihura denied the remarks as were published in the media.

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A transcribed version of the IGP's speech by the police communication department indicates that Kayihura spoke of arming crime preventers in case of external attacks in the Sebei region.

“According to the Police Act, the Minister of Internal Affairs, at any time, can call the police to serve as a military force, so by extension the crime preventers in case of any war, can be called upon. And that's why they should be trained in skills at arm and self-defense, so that you have a force here,” reads the transcribed statement.

The police so far has 11million crime preventers that have been trained and is targeting 45 million by 2021.

The crime preventers receive a basic training of two weeks which does not include skills in arms.

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