It has emerged that more than 280 degree holders who joined the recent passed out police intake were tasked to sign documents agreeing to serve as Police Constables since they were over qualified for the job.
President Museveni arriving at Police Training School for latest passout in Masindi.
280 degree holders who joined the Uganda Police Force-UPF in the recent intake
have reportedly signed agreements agreeing to serve as Police Constables since
they were over qualified for the job, URN has learnt. In September last year,
police recruited 4,500 Probation Police Constables –PPCs and 500 Learner
Assistant Inspectors of Police –LAIPs.
qualification for the applicants for the position of Police Constable was the ordinary
level certificate while Learner Assistant Inspector of Police–LAIPs were
expected to possess a Diploma in the fields such engineering, nursing, clinical
laboratory and Information Communication and Technology-ICT.
several degree holders beat the recruitment process and enrolled for training. In
order to avoid the increasing number of petitions from officers accusing the
police leadership of failure to recognise their ranks and pay them as
professionals, management decided to single out all degree holders.
police officer told Uganda Radio Network- URN that the police leadership
directed the Commandant of Kabalye Police Training School –PTS in Masindi, Abubakar
Ziwedde, his deputy Romano Otoro and other senior police officers to ensure no
degree holder passes out PPC or LAIP.
“When the instructions were received at Kabalye, they went into the trainees’
hostels and hoodwinked them that all those with degrees were needed to revert to
Cadets. They were shocked to see close to 300 trainees among the PPC group
presenting degree documents,” the police officer said.
the source, management gave the trainees with degrees two options. One of the options
was to allow those unwilling to serve as PPCs to quit the training while the
other was that they stay but sign agreements committing to serve as Police
Constables and never regard themselves as professionals.
“All of them
agreed and they signed an agreement that they will serve as Constables. This
was done because there are so many petitions coming from people who joined the police
force as general duty officers but want to be paid as professionals,” a senior
police officer said.
One of the
PPCs now serving in KMP said they agreed to sign because they had completed the
hardest part of the course including the 52 days of sleepless nights. “Once you
complete military drills for 52 days you count yourself as a policeman. We couldn’t
quit at that time,” he said told URN while wearing his blue camouflage.
the administrative police procedures, all degree holders are supposed to be
recruited as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police. However, police have
since stopped recruiting Cadet ASPs because of the huge numbers resulting from
2010 to 2015 intakes.
Edward Kale Kayihura’s reign as Inspector General of Police, police often
passed out 500 to 1000 Cadet ASPs. Most of them haven’t been promoted. This has
affected promotions for non-commissioned officers such as Constables,
Corporals, Sergeants, Assistant Inspectors of Police and Inspectors of Police.
at Kabalye comes at a time when police management intends to conduct fresh training for 94
medical police constables to serve as professionals. The Director Police
Medical Services, Moses Byaruhanga, says the medical Constables joined the
force as general duty officers as opposed to professionals.
Byaruhanga, trouble started when police advertised the general recruitment of
Probation Police Constables –PPCs in 2016 but many professionals managed to
sneak into the force. He says the medical
police constables will now undergo the Officer’s Basic Course for six months
and will be promoted to Sergeants or AIPs depending on the level of their qualifications.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.