Evict Illegal Occupants Out of Police Houses, Kayihura Orders Station Bosses
Uganda’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura has ordered heads of all police stations and officers in charge different barracks to evict illegal occupants.
This order is contained in a Police Welfare Directorate issued last Friday, and is aimed at creating room for many low ranked officers transferred to different Police stations and policing areas without accommodation.
Police statistics reveal that there are 12,000 housing units in police barracks across the country, most of them constructed during the colonial era. However, 4,500 housing units are condemned. These units are complemented by more than 6,000 unipots and grass thatched houses constructed by individual policemen officers.
However, a third of the 18,000 housing units and unipots, are occupied by illegal occupants. They include widows and widowers of deceased police officers, spouses of transferred officers, civilians renting from police officers and officers above the rank of Inspector of Police (IP). Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi says the issue of illegal occupants in police houses has been a challenge for the last 10 to 15 years.
“The problem is that there is insufficient housing for these officers and so everyone is always struggling to keep the accommodation they have but also their spouses who feel they are entitled to this housing, which is not the case,” Kaweesi told local news agency, Uganda Radio Network.
He added, “All officers below the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) are entitled to accommodation in police barracks but this must be in line with their deployment and area of deployment.
The problem comes when some of them don’t want their families to leave city centers despite their transfers.” This is not the first time that police is trying to evict illegal occupants. A year ago, police carried out an operation against illegal occupants in barracks and gave ultimatums to policemen, their spouses and widows.