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On patrol with Uganda's controversial 'crime preventers'

Yoweri Museveni's government dismisses criticism of the crime preventer force, arguing it is part of a community-policing programme in existence since the 1990sThe volunteers are on patrol ahead of presidential polls on February 18, but rights groups have criticised the force, which they see as the enforcer of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni. Museveni, who has led the east African country since 1986, is eyeing a fifth term in the elections. Now, however, police say it boasts some 11 million members, more than a quarter of Uganda’s 37-million-strong population.

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