Parliament Blocks UGX37bn Request For Crime Preventers

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The Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament has objected to the allocation of 37 billion shillings towards recruitment of crime preventers.

Members of Parliament on the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee have objected to the allocation of 37 billion shillings towards recruitment of crime preventers.

Internal Affairs Minister, Rose Akol who appeared before the committee on Friday afternoon presented the 2016/2017 Financial Year budget framework paper for her ministry, which included the proposed budgetary allocations for the Uganda Police Force.

The ministry is requesting for 37.4 billion shillings for community policing exercises aimed at recruiting and training crime preventers for the purpose of fighting crime through neighborhood watch programmes, as well as bolstering the police force.

This request was however opposed by MPs across the political divide.

Butambala County MP, Muwanga Kivumbi demanded to know the legal framework under which the exercise is carried out questioning whether it was even democratic.

He alleged that the recruitment of crime preventers is partisan since the recruits are indoctrinated with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party ideology.

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Kapelebyong County MP, Peter Eriaku was also skeptical about spending on recruiting crime preventers especially when the police force itself was ill equipped and ill trained.

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Defence Committee Chairperson, Benny Namugwanya was in agreement and stated that facilitating crime preventers at the expense of the regular police force would demoralize police constables.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.