For Immediate Release
IPC would like the draw the attention of Ugandans and the entire world to the continued unprecedented, unlawful recruitment, training and deployment of militia in different places in the country. In the recent past the police amalgamated Mobile Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) and Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) to form a Field Force Unit (FFU) which in African Perspective is known for Fanya Fujo Uwone! This was created to fight anticipated demonstrations against electoral malpractice. (the FFU is a dreadful force against citizens) the question is why such a force should be created and against who?
Secondly, IPC is concerned about training and deployment of the so called ‘Village Crime Fighter’; 30 NRM leaning youth were recruited per village in Ntungamo district. So far, about 29,000 youth have been recruited in this one district. If the entire police force is 38,000 men and women, how can a single district have such a large force? This force is certainly created to give mileage to the First lady in terms of votes but also intimidate the opposition in the area. The fighting of crime should be structured where by youth are recruited without party discrimination. Moreover, IPC is concerned that the creation of these Village Crime Fighters will be a source of insecurity to Ugandans especially during and/or after elections.
Then the IGP announced that he is to recruit 18,000 polling constable to provide security at polling centers. According to the electoral guidelines, provision of security to polling centers is supposed to be the responsibility of the EC. Can the IGP confirm to the stakeholders (opposition parties) if the EC asked him to recruit the said polling constables and why other stake holders were not consulted? We want the public to know that recruitment of the said polling constables has nothing to do with provision of security but just a ploy to aid vote rigging for the NRM government. The public should remember that the IGP, Gen Tinyefunza and other Senior Military, Police and Prison officers were part of the audience during the launch of President Museveni’s Manifesto which was not the case with other opposition political parties.
It is further established that 5000 police recruits and 500 Police Officer Cadets are under going training in Masindi to beef up the 38,000 in existence. There is training of 8000 recruits in Kapeka under the command of Gen. Tumwine yet he is not structured in charge of training in the UPDF. Other 1500 recruits are being trained in Singo Military Barracks under the command of Brig. Mugisha In-Charge of air Defence and Intelligence. These forces are being trained for vote rigging and intimidation of the opposition.
We also know that in Gomba district, there is training of local militia in Kibibi and Kanoni and Kabulasoke sub counties; 30 people were recruited from each sub county.
We therefore call upon the EC, all Ugandans and the international community especially those following Uganda’s political dimensions to concern themselves with these developments.
Director Publicity and Communication
IPC Campaign Bureau