I can’t afford to pay crime preventers- Museveni

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Museveni addresses crime preventers

President Museveni has Thursday met the national leadership of the Crime Preventers forum during their general meeting at Lugogo indoor stadium.

These also launched the National Wealth Creators’ Union.

They informed him that the group has both professionals like: Teachers, ICT, Engineers, among others and none professional, “which is good because it gives the government an idea of how we can contribute to such groups”.

“For instance, if the engineers form a Sacco, then we can support them, the same happens to all the other professionals and non-professionals,” the president said.

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“Last time when my Muzukulu Nagirinya was kidnapped, the police officers at the CCTV centre were sleeping, they only woke up to retrieve images.”

Museveni cited need for a lot of ICT people to work with police.

“They can work for police at no pay but we can support them economically through their Saccos. If there are doctors among the crime preventers, they can help us detect fake drugs.”

The other group can still help detect crime with some little training, he pointed out.

He said this specific category can work with the army as a reserve force.

Museveni said these should be mainly young people without other obligations, once trained, they can return and receive half-pay as a reserve force.

“Government cannot afford to pay all crime preventers but we can help finance their different projects to get them out of poverty. I will discuss with the leaders on how we can move forward.”

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