The National Crime Preventers’ Forum (NCPF) which had gone in a lull over the past years is back, but this time with a different mandate: to mobilise support for President Yoweri Museveni in next year’s elections.
The crime preventers forum was instituted back in 2013 by then Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, as a paramilitary outfit meant to bolster efforts against the rising crime levels in the country then. The IGP introduced the outfit alongside the concept of community policing to increase neighbourhood watch and vigilance.
However, when Kayihura was replaced as IGP, they group collapsed in the leadership vacuum.
At the time, the group’s head, Blaise Kamugisha said they numbered over 1million.
Blaise Kamugisha, the head of the over 1 million nationwide.
Kamugisha, who recently had a failed attempted as leading the National Youth Council says now that he reviving that Crime Preventers Forum.
The Group he says has now been tasked to canvass for votes for President Museveni and also to guard his vote on election day early next year.
Last weekend, Kamugisha was engaged in a meeting with his former boss Gen Kayihura together with Gen Salim Saleh and the leadership of the crime preventers body.
The meeting took place on Saturday in Gulu.
According to reports from the meeting, Gen Saleh who is also the national coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation, tasked the group to embark on the campaign and tasked Capt Mike Mukula to head the campaign project.
Gen Saleh also reportedly assumed the position of Patron of the Crime Preventers Forum.
“Through its structures and the Mayumba Kumi Model, crime preventers will be helpful in household campaign initiative by the NRM and can play a supportive role. This will extend to the voting day to ensure voters turn out to vote in large numbers for NRM without fear of intimidation. And those that cannot reach the polling station will be supported to reach,” a source from the group told ChimpReports.
“The Voter Protection against intimidation by the opposition is becoming rampant and this is scaring away the would-be NRM voters from turning up and voting for fear of being attacked. And at the same time, the move by the opposition to stay at polling stations to after voting under the guise of vote protection, may be a threat to peaceful election. To avert any possible sabotage against the voters and the vote, crime preventers can be useful in supporting the security at polling stations by deploying 10 or any number as guided at each polling station.”