Members of Parliament on Parliament’s committee on Defence and Internal Affairs have tasked the Inspector General Police Kale Kayihura to explain reports that police families transferred to Busunju sleep in tents and that they and their children cannot access basic facilities.
This was during the Internal Affairs submission on the Ministerial Policy Statement of 2013-2014 that was done by Minister Aronda Nyakairima.
MP Rose Akello, Woman representative of Kaboong, informed the committee that reports indicated how police families that were transferred from Naguru to Busunju were not given proper accommodation, but instead live in tents and children do not have proper schools to attend.
IGP Kale Kaihura admitted that the police families are being housed in uni-ports and that efforts are made to move them into better structures and improve facilities in the area.
He denied that the families are living in tents.
He said as a way of improving the lives of police families in Busunju, police has introduced a bus to transport the police children to and from school.
Kayihura also added that plans were underway to bring electricity and safe water for the families.
The Committee Chairperson Benny Bugembe Namugwanya resolved and directed the clerk to arrange immediately for a committee visit to Busunju were police officers families were reallocated to ascertain what the IGP told them.
Kayihura also told members of the Committee that National Social Security Fund (NSSF) had offered to build for police accommodation in Lubowa so as ease the strain on police families and that the memorandum of understanding is being worked on with NSSF to see how the three year contract is executed.
According to police NSSF offered them 2.5 acres of land in Lubowa where they would construct for them houses.
Meanwhile the Internal Affairs Minister General Aronda Nyakairima noted to the committee the priority areas for police this financial year are recruitment and training, welfare and building specialized capacities.
Under recruitment and training the Minister requested the committee to provide financial support to Police so that they recruit 5,500 new entrants this year so as to cover last financial year’s gap saying it is vital for policing the 2016 general elections.
In 2008, Cabinet granted Police permission to recruit 2,500 new entrants per year for the next five years to improve police to population ratio in accordance with the international standards of 1:500. This was also to increase service delivery to newly created districts and combat the changing patterns of crime in the country.
Aronda in his statement to the committee attributed police’s inability to recruit new personnel last financial year to lack of funding.
Aronda also said that under the Public Private Partnership, they have focused on improving the accommodation of police in the Kampala metropolitan.
He asked the committee to help in fast tracking the Public Private Partnership bill.
Aronda explained that police needed to be boasted in specialized capacities like aerial survey, policing on oil and gas, and cyber and financial crimes.