Uganda’s controversial ‘crime preventers’ watch over elections

'Crime preventers' train at a camp in Uganda. The group which police claims boasts over 1 million people has been patrolling Kampala City ahead of the Uganda presidential elections on February 18, 2016. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The volunteers are on patrol ahead of presidential polls on February 18.

  • Rights group say the force is the enforcer of the ruling National Resistance Movement of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

  • Police claim the group boasts some 11 million members, more than a quarter of Uganda’s 37-million-strong population.

  • Recruits learn martial arts and attend “ideological classes”.

KAMPALA, Thursday

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