By Mike Ssegawa
Gen Kale Kayihura has directed crime preventers to be in charge of nyuma kumi policing system.
The Inspector General of Police, has also directed every sub county to have a crime prevention coordinator working under police community liaison officer, at every sub county.
Gen Kayihura who was in Masaka launching physical exercises every Saturday for community, police and crime preventers, lauded the crime prevention strategy which has helped reduce crime, most notably, neutralizing opposition’s defiance campaign.
“If we continue to work together, we shall defeat crime,” Kayihura said, while addressing hundreds of crime preventers and police officers in the eight districts that make greater Masaka region.
The IGP explained that crime can be defeated if security officials worked with local leadership and ordinary wanainchi.
He directed that crime prevention sub county coordinators will be in charge of identifying, development, monitoring and supervising the work of crime preventors in villages under the sub county.
The IGP said 30 crime preventers will be in every village, one in charge of 10 homes (nyumba kumi). He however called on their discipline and offering leadership by example.
Mr Bonny Luswata, Central Region crime prevention cordinator, reported that the IGP had given motorcycles to district and sub county coordinators in the region to enable them carry out their work.
Gen Kayihura said crime preventers were volunteers but President Museveni had directed to make them beneficiaries of Operation Wealth Creation program. The IGP advised them to organize themselves into savings and cooperation societies (saccos) to take advantage of OWC and other benefits.
On his part, George Mutabazi, chairman Lwengo, one of the eight districts making Greater Masaka region, said, crime in his area had reduced because of crime preventers assisting police. He saluted Kayihura for spearheading initiatives that have put a common person at the centre, starting with their individual security.
He said he wants to work with crime preventers in community service (bulungi bwansi), including planting trees in Masaka areas particularly Bukomasimbi and Kalungu.