Uganda police is considering chasing crime preventers from its out posts and police stations for acting contrary to what they are supposed to be doing. Police established the crime preventers Forum in 2013 as part of its community policing program.
The crime preventers are expected to detect and report crime to police for action. However, Asan Kasingye, the Political Commissar in Uganda Police Force, says some of the crime preventers are involved in dubious deals and extortion.
He says the Crime Preventers leave their homes and park their motorcycles at the nearest Police Station before they storm the neighboring villages to engage in crime, a thing he says can’t be tolerated.
Kasingye said this while representing the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola during a community engagement in Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb to address employment challenges as well as preventing conflicts in marginalised communities in urban slums.
Kasingye said police is determined to open a new chapter and redeem its image.
He asked the youths in the area to be law abiding and cited the example of Bobi Wine who emerged from similar circumstances through legitimate channels to rise to fame.
Kasingye told this publication on the sidelines of the meeting that Kisenyi is a known hub for drugs that is why police was reaching out to the community there.
Bleshious Katumba, a resident of Kisenyi blames the extremism in the area on the violent approach by the police force.
Most of the residents faulted police for failing in its responsibility, which they said fuels violence in slums.
Elizabeth Lukwago, a resident of Kisenyi said police have visited their area on numerous occassions with promises of improving the situation but nothing is implemented.
The engagement was part of the programs being implemented by the International Organization for Migration with support from the European Union to empower youths in slums.