The recently launched campaign to ‘clean up’ the Uganda Police force has seen a number of senior and junior police officers investigated, drug charged, suspended and others set for police disciplinary court.
The campaign came following a Presidential order to Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to clean up the force which he said was infiltrated by thugs.
Museveni who gave the Directive in March while visiting the family of the late Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi went on to repeat the same statements with the latest order given during the State of the Nation Address last week.
Kaweesi was shot and killed on the morning of March 17th 2017 as he left his home in Kulambiro.
In response to the directive, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Frank Mwesigwa would launch the campaign in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso.
In Mukono, the campaign has seen the Officer in Charge (OC) Lands charged with discreditable conduct for mishandling land eviction matters and a junior officer attached to Namanve who was charged with discreditable conduct in relation to mishandling exhibits.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police East RPC Musana Sabila, Mukono has been faced with two major challenges including execution of court orders on land eviction and vehicle and number plate thefts.
Musana revealed that an alliance between the Police and Crime Intelligence team had been formed to curb down the threat giving a timeline of three months.
On Execution of court orders, he said, they should be genuine court orders and that the Local Council (LC1) Chairperson and the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) should be involved for the interest of public order.
“The Police’s role is to only witness that the eviction is carried out lawfully. The OC should call off an eviction in case there is another court order challenging the eviction,” said Musana.
He further directed that the people affected by the order should be served with the eviction notice prior to the eviction.
Mr. Musana cautioned the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on mismanagement of cases asking heads to take interest and understand the behavior of the detectives.
A decision was also made to meet with junior officers to listen to their challenges as they execute their mandate aiming at harmonising working relations for more efficient performance.
Musana advised OC’s to involve the complainants before issuing police bonds.