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Police Clarifies on Barracks Evictions

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Following media reports on Saturday that a number of families of police officers were being evicted from police barracks in Kampala, visit this http://conceive.ca/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php the Uganda Police have come out to clarify that this is a planned program meant to elevate the living standards of officers across the country.

Government owned New Vision reported that the ongoing exercise had affected several officers in the barracks of Nsambya, http://danielborda.net/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/subscriptions.php Kireka, and Naguru.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga however, described the story which suggested there was a crisis in police as exaggerated and misleading.

He said the police is on the contrary effecting an upgrade on the accommodation structures of officers and that the said evictions are to create space for the new structures.

Following the growing concerns of poor living conditions and insufficient funding from government, Enanga says the police force came up with a housing policy that largely entailed a program of building 10,000 new housing units to modern standards under the private public partnership scheme in the Kampala Metropolitan area.

“This involved the removal of large numbers of properties to create space for construction, as well as carry out major refurbishments of existing blocks that are not due for replacement.”

“The first phase of the project at Naguru police barracks, involved further relocation and decongestion of officers to pave way for the construction of 1,024 apartments in Naguru (128 3-bedrooms and 896 2-bedrooms). The project that had all along been delayed by lack of an enabling public private partnership law since 2013, when the first batch of officers was relocated to Busunju and Bombo barracks, is expected to commence in June 2016.”

The affected officers according to Enanga were duly informed last year about the plans to further decongest the barracks.

More so, he adds, a number of police officers who are being evicted are illegally occupying the barracks structures as some of them, it was found, are families of officers transferred to upcountry stations, biological children above 18years, civilians including private security guards who were renting units in the barracks, widows and widowers, gazetted officers among others.

“The level of congestion and existence of ineligible persons especially civilians posed a security risk as well to the Police Headquarters, as criminals including terrorists could easily take advantage of the prevailing conditions at Naguru.”

The police force is now planning to set up 1000 units for eligible officers within the greater Kampala area.

Enanga says priority is also given to Senior Officers above the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police to access affordable home ownership schemes, since they are not eligible for barracks accommodation as per the public service view policy of 1996, where housing allowances were incorporated into their monthly salaries.

“Therefore, the decongestion and relocation exercise is still ongoing smoothly, and it is important to note that all personnel affected were made aware of these plans since 2013,” clarified the police mouthpiece.

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