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Parliament To Get 350 Police Officers

Parliamentary Commission becomes the commission with the largest number of Police officers assigned to it with 350 officers. It also becomes a directorate.

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Police is to deploy over 300 personnel to the newly established Police directorate at Parliament.

The deployment, already accepted by Parliamentary Commission, is aimed at strengthening security and averting terror attacks at Parliament.

Previously Police deployment at Parliament was at a level of a police station with about 100 officers.

Parliamentary Commission becomes the commission with the largest number of Police officers assigned to it with 350 officers. It also becomes a directorate.

Some Members of Parliament however argue that the deployment of over 300 personnel is too high for an institution like Parliament.

Stephen Tashobya, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee chairperson says his committee asked the Parliamentary Commission to scale down the numbers.

Tashobya says the committee raised concern of the likely costs of maintaining such a large force at Parliament.

Dokolo county MP, Felix Okot Ogong is far from convinced as to why over 300 Police personnel should be deployed at Parliament.

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Jalia Bintu, the Masindi Woman MP, also one of the Commissioners at Parliament says the new deployment is needed given the security threats at Parliament.

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She says the Police forces will continues paying salaries for personnel to be deployed at Parliament while the Parliamentary Commission will foot allowances and other costs like fuel.

Parliamentary Commission with about 600 people including members of parliament will have the highest Police population ratio of one Police officer to two people.

Currently the Uganda Police Force, with about 40,000 serving officers, hardly meets the international practice requiring Police -population ratio of 1:500. Uganda with an estimated population of 37 million is under policed to the tune of about 300 percent.

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