By Kampala Post Reporter
Uganda Police Force’s Head of Political Education, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Christopher Kwerit has warned officers against 'sleeping on duty'.
Kwerit who is part of a countrywide police rectification campaign team, was on Tuesday addressing officers at Masindi district police headquarters in the Albertine region during the team’s visit to the area. SSP Kwerit reminded officers of their constitutional mandate and obligation of serving their country diligently but also performing their duties and responsibilities as police officers.
Kwerit emphasized on characteristics of good police officers which he said among others include; nationalism, patriotism, discipline (which he said is the core of the force) and professionalism. He cautioned officers not to rush to accumulate riches but urged them to have hope in the force they serve and to be productive as they do the day-to-day policing activities.
The Uganda Police Force launched a nationwide rectification campaign as one of the avenues to correct wrongs that have plagued the law enforcement agency. In 2017 President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces noted that the Police had been infiltrated by criminals, urging then IGP Gen Kale Kayihura “to clean up his house”.
Following the President’s directive several top police officers were arrested and charged with criminals acts including engaging in armed robbery, extortion, bribery and extortion among others. A year later in early 2018 IGP Kayihura was dropped and replaced by his deputy Martin Okoth Ochola. He was subsequently arrested and has since been charged before the army court with two counts of failure to protect war materials and one of aiding the kidnapping and illegal repatriation of Rwandans.
According to the charge sheet, the charges were by commission or omission during Kayihura’s reign as IGP. Since then, the new police leadership has been tasked to redeem the force by undertaking key changes, which have among others included dropping and transfers of some officers, disbanding of units and now the rectification campaign, through which a team constituted by the IGP is moving region to region interacting with officers and also community members.
“The campaign is aimed at boosting personnel morale in the field, listen to challenges affecting their effective policing and also interact with the local community to get their views on how best we can improve a force that is accountable to the public and effective in service delivery,” the Uganda police said on its social media.