45 out of 1,000 police housing units under construction have been
occupied by junior police officers manning the National Closed Circuit
Television –CCTV Command Centre at Naguru police headquarters.
Out of the seven blocks each containing 60 apartments, one is
almost complete and it has already been occupied by junior police officers from
the ranks of Inspector of Police to Police Constable.
Superintendent of Police –SP George Nsagi, also lead police
engineer revealed to Uganda Radio Network –URN that policemen and policewomen who
operate CCTV National Command Centre hurriedly occupied the two bed-roomedapartments due to their full-time duties.
In December, police appointed 57 junior police officers to operate the CCTV
command centre joining their 45 senior who had been appointed earlier.
Nsagi revealed to URN during a visit to the site that the units were supposed
to have been completed in two years, but construction has now stretched into
the fourth year.
Nsagi also said that the remaining 15 apartments of the complete
block will be occupied by end of this month. Each apartment has two bedrooms, a
sitting room, kitchen and washrooms.
A visit to the site revealed on-going construction work as engineers were also
fixing lights at the already occupied building. Inside the apartments, cleaning
was on-going while the parking space was still littered with debris.
Before police embarked on the construction of the housing units, a feasibility
study was conducted in 2015 in regard to accommodation of juniors officers in
Kampala Metropolitan where it was establish that over 10,000 housing units were
needed to minimize accommodation puzzle.
A Policy Advisory Committee –PAC chaired by then Inspector General of Police
–IGP Gen Kale Kayihura settled for 1,020 housing units as a pilot project. This
project was expected to be complete latest early 2019.
The construction began on September 27, 2016. Police’s engineering unit was to
first construct 17 blocks each having four floors. Each floor would contain 15
apartments totalling to 60 housing unit per block.
Police projection was that the first seven structures would accommodate 360
police officers ranging from the rank of Constable to Inspector.
Last week, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, acting logistics and
engineering director, Richard Edyegu, said each structure is constructed at a
tune of 6.9 billion shillings.
Edyegu and Enanga told URN that the construction has dragged on due to money
that comes in piecemeal.
//cue in “this one block…
Cue out “…construction has dragged on”//
For several years, accommodation has been one of the major challenges faced by
junior police officers living in Kampala Metropolitan that covers Kampala City,
Wakiso, Mukono, parts of Mpigi and Kayunga districts.
Edyegu elaborated that when the construction of first seven structures is
complete, plan for other remaining 11 blocks will commence. Nevertheless, it is
not clear when the finished block will be occupied by the team operating CCTV