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Last year part of the building was destroyed by a speeding Uganda People’s Defence Force-UPDF truck. Since then the facility has never been renovated. Currently, more than six police officers share one room to execute their duties while others are forced to sit outside.
The current state of Mbalala Police Station. It is located along Kampala-Jinja Highway at Mbalala trading center

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Police officers at Mbalala Police Station in Mukono District are struggling to operate in a dilapidated building.

Last year part of the building was knocked by a speeding Uganda People’s Defence Force-UPDF truck.

Since then the facility has never been renovated, putting the lives of the police officers at risk. Currently, more than six police officers share one room to execute their duties while others are forced to sit outside.

One of the senior officers at the station who preferred anonymity says that the poor structure could fuel escape of suspects, destruction of exhibits and theft of firearms.

She says that they are sometimes forced to transfer vital documents and suspects to Mukono District Central Police Station.



“Suspects arrested during day time are immediately transferred to the district cps the challenge arises during the night were by we have to keep them until morning for the patrol to come and pick them,” She reveals. 

Roger Sseguya, the Mukono District Police Commander, says that the matter of renovating the facility is being handled by the army and police headquarters. 

Mang’eni Kyemba the owner of the building says that he has tried following up the matter of renovating his building, in vain. He says that the police have given him assurances that the building will be renovated.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says that the UPDF promised to renovate the building any time soon.

Fred Musonge the Councillor representing Nama Sub County at the district says the station needs not only new buildings but also more manpower to fight criminality in the area.

He notes that a number of crimes which include murder and robberies have occurred in the area, but the police is slow to respond due to the poor working conditions.

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