By our reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has told crime preventers that he regards them as a reserved army for Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

He made the revelation while meeting crime preventers on Wednesday at Lugogo.

“I now regard you as a reserve army for UPDF. My idea is to have a small army which is equipped but with a big reserve,” he said.

Museveni also rubbished claims that formulation of crime preventers was part of former Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura’s project.

“Anybody who had an idea that this was a Kayihura project, please, get it out of your head. But Kayihura was an active cadre who executed that aspect and I congratulate him. In the role of detecting crime, I need to sit down with ring leaders to see how to handle it, criminals operate mainly in villages. If you’ve not yet developed village coordinators, you should because it’s easy to know how many houses there are,” said Museveni.