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Uganda civil defence plan to recruit over
24,000 guards to curb spate of murders

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday the government will recruit over 24,000 guards to curb a spate of murders in the east African country.

In an address telecast live from Entebbe State House, Museveni said the security agencies will mobilize and recruit 24,000 local defense guards to help beef up security in the capital Kampala and the central district of Wakiso for a year.

"We are going to call the reserves and we shall arm them.

"We shall use mainly crime preventers and these crime preventers shall be vetted by the local council," said Museveni.

"Kampala has got 1,000 villages.

"We shall flood all them.

"Our guns will come out.

"We must make sure that there is total peace," he said.

The government will also deploy more technical means in detecting and deterring possible crimes, Museveni said.

"We mean cameras, drones and other means.

"All those areas are being strengthened in the towns as they are in the countryside," he said.

The new security measures came after the murder of assistant superintendent of police Muhammad Kirumira and another person on Saturday night in Wakiso.

The two, according police, were killed by gunmen on motorcycles.

Uganda has faced a spate of murders in the recent past. Last year another senior police officer, Andrew Kaweesi, was killed by unidentified gunmen.

A senior state attorney was also killed by assailants riding on a motorcycle.

             

 

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