The Inspector General of Government IGG is investigating suspected irregularities in the recruitment of cadet police officers over the last three years. A reliable source who is part of the investigations told Uganda Radio Network that the major focus in this investigation is the pass-out of 1200 cadets during the 2015/2016 intake yet only 500 slots had been advertised.
IGG Irene Mulyagonja
The Inspector General of Government (IGG) is investigating suspected irregularities in the recruitment of cadet police officers over the last three years.
Those being investigated were recruited in the 2014/2015 intake as well as the most recent 2015/2016 intake.
The investigations which were instituted three weeks ago are targeting procedures for recruitment and academic qualifications of the cadets.
A reliable source who is part of the investigations told Uganda Radio Network that the major focus in this investigation is the pass-out of 1200 cadets during the 2015/2016 intake yet only 500 slots had been advertised.
Also to be probed is the suspected recruitment of cadets that had not yet graduated. Some of the cadets in the two intakes graduated from university months after they had joined the training yet, presenting transcripts was one of the requirements to go through for recruitment.
Munira Ali, the IGG spokesperson confirmed the ongoing probe.
"It is true we are investigating the procedures of police recruitment in the two intakes, " Munira Ali says.
More than 200 police officers have since been summoned to record statements relating to their recruitment.
The Directors of Human Resource Administration and Human Resource Development have also been ordered to avail documents and information relating to the two recruitment intakes.
This is not the first time the IGG is investigating the Uganda Police Force. In 2016, an investigation was conducted into alleged irregularities in the last general promotions of police officers.
Among the officers whose ranks were being questioned was Nixon Agasirwe, the former head of the Police special Operations Unit who was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) yet he is believed not to have undergone basic police training. Agasirwe is among several officers who are on remand after being being charged for alleged kidnap of a Rwanda National, before Makindye General Court Martial.
Another officer, Jonathan Baroza, the former personal assistant to the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura jumped a rank and was given ranks over and above his training, experience and deployment.
Other officers whose promotions were queried include Susan Kasingye and Zurah Ganyana.
Kasingye promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), only four years after joining the force. In the process she was made to skip the rank of Superintendent of Police.
Ganyana was promoted to the rank of SSP, even without any recommendation from her department which is one of the requirements. She is a daughter of Police Director of Administration Moses Balimwoyo.
The case file has yet to be concluded and a report made till today.