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Gen Kayihura: Why we are Rebranding Police

order http://csanz.edu.au/wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/widgets/mediaplayer/layouts/dashboard.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The force acquired its current name in 1906 from the British, viagra sale said IGP Kale Kayihura, denoting a force that served strictly colonial interests and cared little about the ordinary Ugandan.

But after 100 years, he said, a lot has changed even though some colonial elements are still showing in the Force, it’s is only prudent to embark on a wholesome transformation of the entire institution.

Kayihura was on Friday morning meeting senior officials in the police force, MPs and members of civil society in a consultative meeting to have the Police force rebranded.

“People will ask, what’s in a name? Of course there’s a whole lot in rebranding an institution. A bad name always encapsulates one’s bad characters,” he said.

The general however, strongly rejected the UPF being renamed Uganda Police Service as was earlier suggested by some members.

Being called a service Kayihura noted, kills the whole essence of Police and its role.

“Being referred to as a force is not a good thing. But although it must not necessarily be our character, an element of force must be there if we are going to be relevant.”

Gen. Kayihura took off time to lash out at some politicians “who have the audacity to stand in parliament and ask for Police officers to be disarmed.”

“Our officers are faced everyday with thugs armed with assault rifles and then some politician somewhere wants even the AK47 they have to be taken away from them!”

“I have a heap of files of ordinary citizens applying to acquire guns because they feel unsafe, and you want a police officer to be armed with a baton?”

He noted that the current situation in the country requires for every police officer to be armed to the tooth before revealing his plans to have all Community Liaison Officers armed with pistols.

“A modern Police is a complex of capabilities. I was in the army but I can assure you, a police officer must be the most sophisticated even more than the military, on account of the demands they face.”

“In fact when I hear of these reports depicting us as perpetuators of torture, I think a police officer is the biggest human rights defender, the fact that he puts his life on the line to protect others.”

Kayihura described the new Police name as the most fitting, Interpol compliant and flexible and called upon members of parliament to support the police council to have it passed.


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