Police To Conduct Countrywide Physical Fitness Tests

The Uganda Police Force has launched a countrywide exercise to test the physical fitness of its officers. The exercise is aimed at helping the officers get fit and be healthy.

Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, minister for internal affairs leading officers
Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, minister for internal affairs leading officers

The Country wide exercise supervised by Andrew Sorowen, the director for special duties started this week in various police units in Kampala before it’s rolled out to other districts.

In an interview with our reporters on Friday,Sorowen said the program to check on the physical fitness of the officers was initiated following countrywide reports that many of the officers have become malnourished because of the consumption of alcohol, while others are developing big bellies.

He said ideally on daily basis a human being is supposed to keep fit by doing physical exercise for at least 30 minutes heading for work.

Sorowen recommended that the officers can carry out physical exercises like; aerobics,  cycling, walking, running and playing tennis which all help in increasing cardiovascular endurance.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the exercise is not aimed at victimizing officers with big bellies because of their appearance, but also to identify those who are sick so that they can either be retired or considered for treatment.

He said regular exercise combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, puts the spark back into sex life, and also exercise can be fun.

Recently during the countrywide recruitment of people to join the Uganda Police force, at least two people collapsed and died after undergoing physical fitness exercise workouts, while several others could not qualify because they failed the physical fitness tests.