Government, Opposition Issue Harsh Guidelines On Crime Preventers

Government and opposition officials yesterday agreed that crime preventers should not to be partisan in their activities and should only operate in their local communities.


The resolutions were agreed in a meeting aimed at ensuring that the forthcoming elections are peaceful, free, fair and credible at the office of the prime minister.

Government delegation was led by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda while the opposition was led by the leader of opposition in Parliament Hon. Wafula Oguttu.

“We noted the initiative of community policing undertaken by the police through the Crime Preventers programme, but called on them—crime preventers to avoid being partisan in their activities,” Rugunda said in a statement after the meeting.

He added; “We also agreed that crime preventers should only operate in their local communities/villages. It was further agreed that an enabling law should be put in place to guide the implementation of community policing including the activities of crime preventers”

The two groups also agreed that no serving army officer should engage in partisan politics and that action should be taken against errant officers.

On the issue of voter bribery, they called on all candidates to desist from the act.

“We also called upon the Electoral Commission devise measures to deal with it, to safeguard the integrity of the process and prevent undue influence and pressure on voters and candidates.”

The meeting was a follow up of the first one we held on 23 November 2015 and another one will be held next month.

Government Delegation

Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister

Hon Dr Crispus Kiyonga, Minister of Defence

Hon Mary Karooro Okurut, Minister of Security

Hon Fredrick Ruhindi, Attorney General

Hon James Baba, Minister of State for Internal Affairs

General Katumba Wamala, Chief of Defence Forces

General Kale Kayihura, Inspector General of Police

Eng Dr Badru Kiggundu, Chairperson, Electoral Commission

Opposition Delegation

Rt Hon Wafula Oguttu, Leader of Opposition

Hon Abdu Katuntu, Shadow Attorney General

Hon Fungaroo Kaps H, MP

Hon Muwanga Kivumbi, MP