The Electoral Commission has warned against the creation of militia groups ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.
The EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu sounded the warning early today, in the wake of reports that a military officer and a politician are involved in the illegal recruitment of youths.
Over the past few weeks Major Roland Kakooza Mutale has been involved in the recruitment and training of youths under the Kalangala Action Plan (KAP), ostensibly to ‘protect’ President Yoweri Museveni’s votes in 2016.
Similarly, some time back the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, also announced the formation of another ‘youth brigade’ code-named Truth and Justice, claiming it is to counter Mutale’s activities during elections.
But while launching a voter education module at Hotel Africana today morning, Kiggundu said enforcement of law and order is a preserve of the Uganda Police and that it is illegal for anyone to recruit militias.
Kiggundu said he would engage the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Police to ensure that such groups are disbanded and those responsible for their promotion prosecuted.
“I have been hearing about formation of youth brigades in the media but now that you have confirmed to me that they truly exist, I am going to engage the Police to ensure that this is handled once and for all,” Emg Kiggundu said at the launch of the 13th module on voter education that was prepared by UPIMAK in collaboration with (CECU). ==> Read the Full Story