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.
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