Crime & Investigation

Kayihura Probes Corruption In Police

look geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>This follows the 2012 and 2013 reports by Transparency International that Uganda Police is one of the most corrupt institutions in Uganda and East Africa.

treatment geneva;”>The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura says, “As leaders of the Force, we have decided to interest ourselves in finding out the basis they use to make their findings and be satisfied that their conclusions are factually based.”

Kayihura assured the public that fighting corruption is one of his pre-occupations and setting up an internal anti-corruption organ, the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), was an effort in that direction.

Police, however, questioned the methodology used by Transparency International, as well as their “findings”.

“Transparency International admits that its findings are not based on actual events but mere perceptions of ‘randomly’ selected persons. That means that they did not verify whatever claims made by whoever they talked to,” said Kayihura.

He therefore noted above all the reports Police is embarking on a package of measures aimed at establishing the truth, as well as reinforcing existing efforts to fight corruption in the Force.

“We have set up a committee under the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Okoth Ochola composed of senior officers of relevant directorates/departments, to study all recent reports on corruption in the Uganda Police, not only of Transparency International, but the Uganda Human Rights Commission, the Inspectorate of Government, etc,” said Kayihura.

He emphasized that the aim of the move is for those institutions to assist establish the incidence, and forms of corruption in the Force, and recommend additional measures to strengthen the internal capacity to fight corruption.

Kayihura added that Police has set a task team under the Commandant, Special Investigations Unit (SIU), ACP Beata Chelimo to begin a manhunt, for bribe givers, as well as bribe takers.

“Note that those who give bribes are as criminal as those who take it,” he said.

He also recommended that law abiding citizens should advise their friends to stop the habit of bribing police officers because they can be tempting them to accept the bribes.

“Incidentally, tempting Police officer with a bribe is a culture which should be fought by everybody,” said Kayihura.


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