"Those leaders in place currently are no longer respected because they are illegal by law"
The Democratic Party (DP) has attributed the increasing crime in different parts of the country to lack of Local Council (LC) structures in place.
They believe that with the LC systems in place, it can easily help to mobilize people to fight wrong doers.
Addressing journalists at the party's weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala, the party's deputy press secretary, Alex Waisswa said Government needs to organize elections for LCs to effectively address the issue of insecurity.
"Those leaders in place currently are no longer respected because they are illegal. On top of that; some of those leaders have become extortionists in society. They collect money from people and are not accountable to anyone," he noted.
Waisswa alleged that they collect 10% from the land sold in their areas, hold multiple illegal stamps, thus occasioning conflicts and differences among people particularly land conflicts and insecurity.
He also alleged that on many occasions, the current acting LC officials work with criminals to steal from people.
DP also congratulated the Ugandan athletics team for their spirit to represent the country despite of the conditions they operate in.
"We want government to invest more in the sector since it has proved to be a great investment to the young talented Ugandans and a tourism sector. This is one way of globalizing Uganda to the rest of the World," Waisswa noted.
They also called on government to establish training grounds for athletics and sports at all levels right from schools to national level to boost the sector.