New Vision (Kampala)

6 November 2012

Uganda: Kayihura Promises Police Better Housing

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The Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura, has promised improved permanent structures for Police officers countrywide.

This was during festivities he hosted for various divisions to commemorate Uganda's Independence Golden Jubilee.

In his speech to Police officers in Mukono on Sunday, Kayihura said: "The Police top management is aware of the poor accommodation facilities. We are going to make sure that we graduate you from the unipots - which make your life uncomfortable - to permanent structures."

Kayihura's speech was read by the Police's deputy commissioner in charge of welfare, Henry Tukahirwa.

The Police boss said there was an arrangement to partner with the public to utilise the Police-owned land in several districts for better use by its officers.

Apart from the meat feast, highlights in Mukono included a dancing competition won by Annet Nakibuuka, a traffic policewoman. She received an undisclosed amount of money and a plot of land from Andrew Ssenyonga, a businessman in Mukono town.

"I have never seen Police officers gather for just dancing and eating. Being literate Ugandans who joined the force willingly, the Police officers need such things to make them enjoy their job. I pray that this becomes an annual event," remarked Ssenyonga

Similar festivities to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebrations were held in various Police stations in central region.

In Kampala, a get-together barbeque was held at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds in Lugogo on Sunday for heads of inter-agency security committee.

During that barbeque, Kayihura in a speech read by the Police's director of logistics, Godfrey Bangirana, commended the force for ensuring peace during the recent Jubilee celebrations in the country.

"As the country marked 50 years of independence, the Police managed to keep off terrorists and other criminals from attacking the nation. It was an incredible job," Kayihura said.

Kawempe division commander said roasting a bull was a sign of motivation that work done is appreciated by their bosses and the community.

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