BUSHENYI. Security minister Mary Karooro Okurut has called on Ugandans to consider adopting former president Milton Obote’s nyumba kumi system of ensuring security in villages.
“We need to bring back the nyumba kumi system of administration where every 10 homes make a cluster, which gives the chairman LCI the duty to identify who has slept in the village. That is how we shall get to know and beware of strange people who are likely to cause insecurity,” Ms Karooro said.
The minister made the remarks on Sunday while officiating as the chief guest at a fund-raising ceremony for the construction of St Francis Ryamabengwa Primary School in Central Division Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality.
“Security starts in our homes on a family basis. When the family members, including husband, wife and children are not fighting, the family is at peace,” Ms Karooro added.
Ms Karooro contributed Shs5 million towards the construction of a six classroom block and staff residence.
About nyumba kumi system
nyumba kumi system. President Obote’s nyumba kumi security system included a leader for every 10-houses, muluka (parish)hiefs for each parish and gombolola (sub-county)hie=fs, who were responsible for security.
Current system. President Museveni, on taking over power in 1986, introduced elected local council leaders for each village. However, the system has lost authority because there have been no elections at this level in more than a decade, and several positions are vacant as some leaders have either died or migrated.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor