MUBS See Off Kyambogo in Chaotic Quarterfinal

Mubs celebrating a previous goal.

As Police yesterday fought and arrested opposition Forum for Democratic Change leaders who refused to follow its orders about their planned rallies, sickness in Eastern Uganda it was getting a major reinforcement.

President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday afternoon presided over the passing of a total of 170300 crime preventers in from 5 districts in the Elgon region.

The event took place at Mbale Municipality grounds. The cadres, symptoms according to officials, more about were trained in police and security practices to avert petty crimes in their communities and country at large.

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These are an addition to the estimated 7 million crime preventers who have so far been trained and passed all around the country according to the National Crime Preventers Forum.

Among the passed crime preventers were school going children, some of whom looked as young as 9 years.

Some of these had an opportunity to meet and greet the guest of honor, President Yoweri Museveni.

However, when these scenes made it to the internet later in the evening, they were greeted with widespread condemnation.

Most critics noted that the young children were unfairly being dragged into government propaganda, while others termed it as downright abuse of children’s rights.

Some angry commentators rushed to liken the kids to the infamous kadogos – the child soldiers who made a significant component to the forces that brought the current regime to power.

“Children cannot be held criminally liable for any offence according to our national constitution and the international community, in case you’re wondering what all this is about,” went some of the aqngry comments.

“It’s a shame to our county, Mr President. The Kids should be in school not fighting crime.”

Commenting on this matter on Friday morning, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said on the contrary that young kids can indeed be absorbed into crime prevention.

Mr Enanga told us in a phone conversation that, having child crime preventers was not a mistake, but a deliberate effort to combat crime from every angle within society.

Crime prevention he said is all-inclusive and even more efficient when harnessed at a young age.

“It helps the kids know what crime is all about, learnt to detect, report and prevent it,” explained Enanga.

“It is not that the young boys will be physically arresting criminals, but we want them to be aware of the environment they live in.

But even in their category as children, Enanga stressed that they also have bad elements which they must learn how to deal with both at home and school.

“You realize that there are some notorious kids, who are bullies or thieves or vandals. These young crime preventers therefore will be able identify the bad guys and report them to the teachers,” he noted.

The Police force it targeting recruitment of 11 million crime preventers. Those passed yesterday were from the districts of Mbale [28590], Manafwa [42600], Bududa [38700], Sironko [35340] and Bulambuli [27780].
In what was termed as a repeat of last year’s final, more about   Nile Special University Football League’s defending champions Makerere University Business School has cruised through to the semifinals after brushing off last year’s runners up Kyambogo University by 3-2 aggregate victory despite drawing level results in a chaotic second leg last eight clash.

The visitors, ailment Kyambogo drew first blood just in the opening three minutes through Ssali Najjibu after comprehensively shaking MUBS defense.

The reigning champions got back in the game in the hour mark from  Andrew Obonyo’s controversial strike that virtually stopped the game for several minutes following crowd trouble from angry Kyambogo fans who believed it was a goal from an offside position.

Mubs joins Uganda Martyrs University who stunned UCU on Wednesday and Makerere University.


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