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Police to Vet, Redeploy all Officers

The force has a total of 48,000 officers and troops deployed in the various directorates and units. Each officer has a file in Human Resource Administration which has details of the academic qualifications and career courses as well work experience. A source within the Police top management however told URN that the files usually catch dust in the store room and are never used during promotion or deployment processes.
Dpty IGP Okoth Ochola

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The Uganda Police Force is in the process of vetting all its officers and men for redeployment.

Police directorates in charge of human resource administration and development are in charge of the process. The ongoing process to address the challenges in the human resource administration is as a result of continued complaints by police management about the performance of its personnel.

The police spokesperson Asan Kasingye told Uganda Radio Network that the force has had a very poor manpower planning system since the force concentrated on recruitment of personnel with professional academic qualifications.

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The force has a total of 48,000 officers and troops deployed in the various directorates and units.

Each officer has a file in Human Resource Administration which has details of the academic qualifications and career courses as well work experience.

The files are stored in the Police Registry located at the Police headquarters in Naguru. They are supposed to be updated after every two years by the Directorate of Human Resource Development which has details of all courses taken and individuals who undertook them.

A source within the Police top management however told URN that the files usually catch dust in the store room and are never used during promotion or deployment processes.

"Who has time to go through those dusty files?  Maybe the new ones will be of help but to say that people go into the registry and look at a file?  It's like you don't know our policemen," the officer says.

A committee headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Okoth Ochola has since been set up to handle the vetting of personnel for deployment. Through a new programme codenamed "Career path development", all personnel employed under the police force have been asked to avail details a fresh of their academic qualifications, courses undertaken through police and a list of their former deployments.

The vetting committee will use the availed information to redeploy personnel basing on their areas of expertise. It remains unexplained why the details have been asked for despite the force having updated files of every officer's details. 

Police officers who have been asked to fill the career path development forms have expressed concern that this is not the first time they are filling forms like this but no action is ever taken.

One of the officers, who URN talked to on promise of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the force, says deployments have always been based on who knows who in the top management and he doesn't see that changing.

"Every two to three years we fill a form with all those details and send them to Human Resource. What happens to them? We have seen people deployed because they have friends at the top. You think that will change?"

The officer mentions nepotism and patronage within the force. He says: “Directors have their daughter and in laws, we have those related to the first family. It is these relationships and lobbying that earn one deployment, not education."

Kasingye says there is currently disorganisation in the police force with persons with expertise and experience misplaced into units not connected to their expertise.

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The vetting committee's mandate also includes removing personnel with criminal records or being investigated for different crimes from the units in which they have allegedly committed the crimes and offenses.

Police has in the past been accused of protecting officers with offenses under investigations and deploying them or even promoting them.

The officers who have been promoted or redeployed despite being under investigations include; Wilber Wanyama, the Regional CID commander Aswa Region, the current Professional Standards Unit Commander Joel Aguma who is alleged to have illegally repatriated a Rwandan national, and James Ruhweza the Aviation Police Commander implicated in the torture of Besigye supporters among many others.

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