An internal Memo that has been shared with all commanders, James Opora, who is also the Acting director of police fleet management, notes that most commanders are not in control of the fleet under their dominion.
Police vehicles parked at CID headquarters
Police commanders have been warned against neglecting and misusing
force fleet under their areas of jurisdiction.
An internal Memo that has been shared with all commanders, James Opora, who is
also the Acting director of police fleet management, notes that most commanders
are not in control of the fleet under their dominion.
Opora reminds station, district, division and unit commanders that they will be
held responsible for any problem that happens to vehicles deployed to their
stations. Police have ordered commanders to always be in charge and aware of
where vehicles attached to their work station are.
“With great concern, it has come to the attention of fleet management that most
commanders have no or little control over fleet attached to your command. You
are therefore instructed to take over command and control over your entire
fleet,” CP Opora orders.
The police force, according to a report shared to Ministry of Internal Affairs by
police, regarding NRM’s manifesto achievements for the last five years, the
fleet has grown from 9,226 to 11,132 in the period under review. The largest
fleet is motorcycles which stand at 9,436.
“There is a growth of UPF fleet from 9,226 to 11,132. Of these, 1,412
General are purpose vehicles, 211 specialized vehicles, 19 construction
equipment, 9,436 motorcycles, 53 marine vessels 3 helicopters and 1 fixed-wing
aircraft,” reads the manifesto report.
However, there have been concerns with how the police fleet is being managed.
Police directors have accused drivers and sometimes commanders of diverting
force vehicles to performing personal duties. Police cars and motorcycles have
often been used to carry charcoal, ferry passengers, transport building
material and in some cases, such fleet has been used in criminal activities.
Police’s director for health services, Dr Moses Byaruhanga, on April 24th this
year, accused police drivers of diverting force fleet to smuggling and criminal
activities. Dr Byaruhanga said drivers had become big-headed that even
commanders hardly condemn their actions.
Opora in the new directives states that all police vehicles must be parked at the
station they are attached to if they are not being used for police duties.
Police vehicles going out for duties must be booked out by the unit commander
or any other assigned officer.
“All police patrol vehicles moving out of the station for official duty must
move with a commander. All patrol vehicles equipped with screw seats must
always have footrests folded once the crew have disembarked,” CP Opora states.
Commanders have been ordered to always inspect the police fleet attached to
their workstations every Monday after the morning parade. Opora has also
directed commanders to submit monthly reports about the status of the fleet.
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.