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REVEALED! Over 700 Sub Counties Lack Police Establishments

By Steven Enatu

 

SOROTI

Seven hundred Sub Counties in Uganda are lacking police Establishments which creates a security gap in the country. Out of 2185 Sub Counties in Uganda Police only has about 1500 Establishments

This was revealed by Police acting director of research and planning, James Ochaya during the launch of East Kyoga Regional police headquarters in Soroti City East today 15th November 2021.

Ochaya was reacting to Soroti District Resident District Commissioner, Patrick Okumu who decried lack of police manpower at Sub County levels requesting the chief Guest, AIGP Andrew Sorrowen who was representing the Inspector General of police during the launch to have police established in all sub counties.

Okumu said Soroti District with 12 sub counties has not been fully covered. He said some sub county authorities have allocated land and houses for police but the challenge remains in manpower.

“Of the sub counties that we have, police deployment has been low though they haven’t failed in performance but we need police at all the sub county headquarters, as we talk at the moment less than seven sub countiesbhave the police deployment,” he said.

According to Ochaya, police is incapacitated right now to deploy in every sub county however he said despite the new Presidential advice on Sub county policing model.

With this he said police is designing a program to accommodate a minimum of 20 police officers at the sub county level with accommodations, three motorcycle and communication gadgets.

He said this will come as a package so that police officers will respond to calls from the public to avert crime.

“The President suggested a model beginning this financial year with 30 police posts and if Soroti is ready it could benefit,” he said.

East Kyoga regional police headquarters was constructed by the police engineering department at a tune of 1.7 billion Uganda shillings which according to SP Charles Thony Habone, the Police engineer working with directorate of logistic and engineering who doubles as the project engineer East Kyoga said would have cost government more than two billion if it was done by other private companies.

The construction commenced on the 9th Oct 2020 and took 9 and half months to completion. This Habone said was enabled by the smooth release of funds by the government.

The structure houses Soroti East police post on the first floor and upstairs housing East Kyoga regional police offices.

A Regional Maintenance unit was also launched where all the machinery of the East Kyoga region shall be maintained from.

 

 

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