Crime preventers during a training session. The presence of the group at Uganda's campaign rallies is a cause for alarm among the opposition. PHOTO | FILE
To make the most of the remaining 45 days of campaigning, leaders are certain to drive up political temperatures and probably spark more violent confrontations than have been reported so far, some analysts say.
Analysts say the triggers likely to spark off violent confrontation are varied and range from continued interferences in other candidates’ campaign activities to perceptions of unfairness in any part of the electoral process.
But perhaps more important than the triggers is the presence of militias that are likely to provoke the skirmishes. On the one hand, are the so-called crime preventers and on the other, counterforces that politicians have assembled.
The crime preventers in particular have been a constant source of contention since the police began recruiting and training them in early 2014.