By Fred Kiva
The Uganda Police have denied reports that they are evicting their officers at the Naguru Police Headquarter land.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima said what is going on is a phase by phase relocation of the officers to the Kikandwa Police land in Wakiso district to pave way for development of the Naguru area.
“There’s no single officer or family that is being evicted. A total of 231 individual police officers were earmarked for relocation to Kikandwa, our police facility located in Kakiri Sub County, Wakiso District. These 231 officers were relocated in phases of 95, 71 and 65. Out of the 3rd phase of 65, only 33 have not moved. The rest moved to Kikandwa and they are comfortable there,” Kayima explained.
Kayima’s response followed a Daily Monitor Story, published on Wednesday, titled, “4,000 Naguru Police Officers Stranded as Eviction Starts”.
The newspaper story suggested that the police officers had nowhere to go after being told to leave the 60-acre piece of land at Naguru, after it had been parceled out to a Chinese investor.
Kayima however clarifies that the relocation is meant to pave way for construction of 10,000 housing units, which is a brainchild of the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura in his quest to improve the welfare of police officers.
“A modern state of the art forensic facility will also be built in the same area, Naguru and there’s no way we can accomplish these tasks of improving the welfare of officers through modern housing facilities and capacity building without necessary adjustments to that effect,” Kayima said.
‘We trust that no one serious officer would be comfortable with the status quo of residing in those dilapidated, condemned structures that we are breaking down for these grand projects that will transform the skyline and welfare of officers in Kampala Metropolitan area and particularly those in Naguru,” the Police Spokesperson further stated.
Housing deficit remains one of the greatest challenges facing the Uganda Police Force, with many of the police barracks around the country being housed in old and dilapidated structures.