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3000 Crime Preventers Recruited in Mbarara

The 2015 Miss Uganda beauty pageant yesterday came to a successful ending after Nakiyaga Zahara Muhammed, illness 23 was crowned the queen at Kampala Serena.

Ms Nakiyaga beat 21 powerful contenders from the various regions across the country in a highly contested race.

Zahara [C] poses with the rest of the contestants
Zahara [C] poses with the rest of the contestants
Zahara, an undergraduate student at Muakerere University shortly after she was crowned at around 1:30 pm, was short of words; “I am speechless; this is a greatest night of my life, it is a dream come true.”

Zahara believes the Miss Uganda Foundation platform will be sufficient to enable her wish of helping youths out of their contemporary challenges by encouraging them to go to school, embrace agriculture and entrepreneurship.

Outgoing Miss Uganda Leah Kalanguka
Outgoing Miss Uganda Leah Kalanguka

Ms Brenda Nanyonjo, the founder Miss Uganda Foundation and Director Kezzi Entertainment at the event was thankful for the successful 5 years of the foundation.

The event pageant is still running under the theme “promotion of agricultural entrepreneurship among the youth” much to the dismay of some critics.

Leah crowns and hands over to Zahara (3)

“We got a lot of criticism but today I am proud to say we are changing the mindset of young women and greatly enhancing the lives of young people.”

Brenda Nanyonjo
Brenda Nanyonjo

Brenda appealed to all stakeholders involved in the agricultural sector to join in the cause as she passed her heart felt appreciation to the several events’ sponsors that came on board including Mirinda, Samona and Redd.

Samona marketing manager Semakula with Miss West Diana Nabimanya,
Samona marketing manager Semakula with Miss West Diana Nabimanya,

The night was spiced up with great performances form Penelope a rising star, Lydia Jasmine, A pass and Grace Nakimera.

Police have Thursday searched the residence of Jeanette Mugisha, medicine a social media enthusiast and supporter of presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi.

According to city lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, treatment Mugisha is suspected of being a manager or administrator of several WhatsApp groups supportive of Mbabazi.

It is understood detectives took away Mugisha’s electronic gadgets for a deeper investigation.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango was not readily available for comment.

ChimpReports understands that for the last few weeks, Mugisha has been posting pro-Mbabazi messages on her Facebook page.

She is also very active on WhatsApp and Facebook forums created to popularise Mbabazi’s 2016 presidential bid.

Mugisha, who hails from Bushenyi in Western Uganda, has as well been critical of what she describes as police’s “double standards” in executing their duties.

“Partisanship and biased conduct of Uganda police has narrowed down, to being the shield and sword of one faction of NRM party,” she posted on her Facebook page recently.

“The double standards of dispensing different set of rules to exempt one faction from playing by the book. Why apply the law selectively by granting one faction permission to assemble and deny the other the right to assemble based on a draconian law?” she wondered.
Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura on 9th July recruited 3433 crime preventers in 17 sub counties of Mbarara district at a function held at Mbarara University of Science and Technology play ground.

Kayihura advised the crime preventers who had completed their 6 months training to have an operation fund and secure themselves against the economic challenges on the sub county level.

The Permanent secretary Ministry of Gender Pius Bigirimana, medicine who  also attended the function tasked the crime preventers to fight against crime in their areas and enforce laws to maintain low criminal in the country.

PS Ministry of Gender Pius Bigirimana [R] and Police boss Kayihura inspect the parades
PS Ministry of Gender Pius Bigirimana [R] and Police boss Kayihura inspect the parades
He also advised them to be trustworthy. “Because you are trained officers, if any of you commit a crime you should be punished more than the ordinary persons who might not be aware of the law,” he added.

Bigirimana further asked the youth to work hard and have confidence. “Look at things in a very positive and successful perspective, be innovative and creative,” he advised.

Also in attendance was Archbishop Paul Bakyenga
Also in attendance was Archbishop Paul Bakyenga


The development comes amidst heightened tension and various questions coming up about the roles of crime presenters ahead of the 2016 elections

Cases have come up of these groups being involved in fighting activism and rallies organised by opposition politicians.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, hundreds of crime preventors were deployed on the streets of Mbale, as Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi prepared to visit the area for consultation.

Later in the evening, after he was released from Police at Kiira Road, another group of crime preventors, together with the Bodaboda 2010, reportedly pounced on Pro Mbabazi youths at the station and caned them indiscriminately.

Police however maintains that this crime preventers are part of its wider arrangement which is in line with the Community Policing Program launched by President Yoweri Museveni last year.

Uganda Police is still short of the internationally recommended 1:200 Police to population ratio, and believes that these volunteering groups could help bridge the gap.

While their services are unpaid, the police is looking at helping them start up self help projects to keep them motivated. They have been provided with uniforms while others reportedly are armed.

At the passing function in Mbarara, RDC Nickson Kabuye also urged the crime preventers to stick to providing security to the public especially during upcoming election campaigns.

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