Crime & Investigation

Drug Trafficking: Kayihura Roots For Tough Penalties


order sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 200%;”>“The law is a big problem, dosage to fight drug traffickers, visit this the law is weak, some criminals even ask to be taken to court, when they appear in court they plead guilty and they are sentenced to a fine,” Gen. Kayihura said.

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Currently, when one is found guilty of drug trafficking the punishment is either a fine of one million shillings or imprisonment for six months.

Kayihura made the remarks during the opening ceremony of Uganda Police Force Senior Management retreat at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The one week long retreat will evaluate the Police performance from an outsider’s view of Management and Development of Human Resource with focus on the Police, improving the corporate image of Police, the Force’s Strategic Policing Plan 2011/12-2016/17, welfare and Production in the Police, Family Welfare Schemes.

Participants will discuss Medicare and Insurance, education of Police Staff children, home/family accommodation.

The retreat, which brought together all the directors of Police, heads of departments, Regional Police Commanders, and heads of specialized units, will end on November 26.

During the opening ceremony, Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima appealed to the Officers to use the opportunities that prevail in the country to overcome the challenges they face.

“There are opportunities that we should exploit, and, do not miss out on to overcome [our] challenges, there is growing interest in the country as a destination of tourists, we can work on that to reduce unemployment,” said Aronda.

“We have opportunities as a regional market, our trade with Kenya is bigger than Europe, we should use that opportunity to overcome our challenges.”

Gen. Aronda added that the Officers should be honest and accept that there are challenges in the Force in order to improve.

The minister said country is very stable and the individual officers should take it as an opportunity to better themselves.

He also called for the change of the law in relations to trafficking in persons.


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