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OWC to Give UGX 14 Billion to Crime Preventers

Blaise Kamugisha, the National Chairperson of the Crime Preventers Forum, reveals that the money that will be allocated to them is a pledge President Museveni made to them to support their economic empowerment.
Crime Preventers registering for their reactivation exercise

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Operation Wealth Creation-OWC secretariat is to give the Crime Preventers Association 14.6 Billion Shillings to facilitate the re-mobilization of the group ahead of the forthcoming general election.

The crime preventers were recruited in 2013 as an auxiliary civilian force to supplement police work but were later disbanded, shortly after the dismissal of General Kayihura.

The group which was since been rendered redundant have now been recalled and being remobilized to canvass support for President Yoweri Museveni and protect the NRM votes.

Blaise Kamugisha, the National Chairperson of the Crime Preventers Forum confirms that they are regrouping both for their economic empowerment and supplementing the NRM campaign mobilization efforts.

During their recruitment, crime preventers were chosen based on discipline and willingness to serve the community in detecting and reporting crime; regardless of their political affiliations.

But according to Kamugisha, the group now has the duty of ensuring that the NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni is re-elected. He reveals that the money that will be allocated to them is a pledge President Museveni made to them to support their economic empowerment.

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Annet Kobusingye, the Crime Preventers Coordinator for Masaka and Lwengo district says they are happy that they have finally been remembered, saying many of their members had started losing hope as they were hit hard by poverty. She says that they were yet to get any financial benefit under the Reserve Forces Unit.

Maj Kiconco Tabaro, the Spokesperson for the Operation Wealth Creation-OWC says the secretariat is in liaising with the office of the president on modalities of disbursing the funds and how they will be put to use.

He, however, remained tight-lipped regarding using the OWC funds for political mobilization.

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