Uganda to introduce community policing to fight terrorism
05 November 2014, 12:50
Kampala - A cross section of Ugandans are concerned about increased terrorist activities in the world and plan to introduce community policing to fight it.
In the past few months, local leaders in most parts of Uganda have been recruiting youth for training in community policing and basic military training. The trained youths are supposed to help police in fighting against crime and terrorism.
However, although recruitment and training have been taking place, they are out of the existing laws and not recognised in the constitution. It is for this reason that some Ugandans led by Chairman of Muyenga council Yasisni Omari on Wednesday presented to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, a proposed bill that will regulate community policing aimed at enhancing safety in 60 000 villages in the country, in which people will also be sensitised on their responsibilities.
Presenting the a bill titled 'Community policing bill 2014', the leader of the delegation Yassini Omari said, ''Community policing will go a long way in improving security in the country. Some of the proposals in the bill include changing local councils into police community units that will give them powers to handle some matters.
He said the bill is to establish popular and proactive system amongst the Ugandan masses to curb crime and combine enforcement of law by both local governments and citizens to put in place measures for ensuring combined responsibility.
''It also seeks to empower the communities and individuals at every level to be with capacity to observe and ensure the observance of by-laws for betterment of communities,'' he added.
He said the government has made community policing a policy, but there has never be a framework to regulate it.
One of the people who went to present the petition, Jack Male said, ''Some of the suggestions we have made in the proposed bill include allowing the Kampala City council authority to be in charge of handling dead bodies and injured persons in the city.
He said the bill also proposes Kampala city council to name and number all houses in the city because that will help in emergency situations like fire and insecurity.
Other proposals in the bill is to let people to report matters of serious nature to the different enforcement bodies including Kampala city council authority, national environment management authority and national bureau of standards among others.
He gave an example of somebody selling dog meat and concerned people hastily reporting to any of the above authorities for quick reaction.
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