Kayihura Powers Recharged, Given More 3000 Men
By Serestino Tusingwire
On Saturday President Museveni passed out 3000 police officers who had completed an 18months training at Kabalye, Masindi district.
Out of 3000, 1256 are cadets including pilots, doctors, engineers and accountants whereas 2685 are police constables.
The police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, said these officers will be deployed in the Kampala Metropolitan Area that covers Kampala, Wakiso, Entebbe and Mukono districts.
These are expected to join and add strength to the old force in order to fight ‘fujo’ as the president earlier said, that Kayihura’s men were fighting ‘fujo’ while referring to beating of Besigye supporters.
Speaking at the function, Museveni applauded the police leadership for building the force from a mere 18,000 men to now 44,000 which he said is a big achievement to the country and has helped champion peace in Uganda.
“We have been able to build a force based on quality and that is why you can only enter police after attaining S.6; This is basic because in some cases police officers act alone unlike in the army where you work as a group, ”Museveni said.
“When you are alone, things are difficult for you. It is the reason both numbers and quality matter a lot in the police force. It is because of this quality that the police moves very fast.” He added.
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura applauded president Museveni for standing with the force at all times especially in critical moments.
“I thank you for standing with us when we were under attack. Building an institution is painstaking but we are human beings liable to mistakes. We appreciate your efforts in building capacity of the police,” Gen. Kayihura said.