On patrol with Uganda's controversial 'crime preventers'

President Yoweri Museveni inspecting a parade mounted by Crime Preventer Cadres at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi on September 2014. PPU photo

As night falls in Uganda's capital Kampala, some 240 members of a vast volunteer "crime preventer" force parade outside a police station.
"Attention!" shouts an officer as the men stand stiff-backed, before marching off in single file to help guard the city until dawn.
The 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.
Mr Museveni, who has led the east African country since 1986, is eyeing a fifth term in the elections.


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