Police Start Construction of Over 1000 Housing Units For Officers
By Serestino Tusingwire
Uganda’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura on Tuesday commissioned the construction of houses aimed at solving the problem of accommodation in the Uganda Police force.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony for over 1000 housing units at the police headquarters in Naguru on Tuesday, Gen. Kayihura said, the accommodation of the force is still demanding but hopes to sort it by the next five years.
“Right now we have over 5000 habitable units all over the country whereas 4000 other units have been condemned. We hope by the end of the next 5 years we should have constructed over 40,000 units.
He says the force’s accommodation policy only caters for juniors like Corporals, Seargents, Assistant Inspectors and Inspectors but says senior officers also have to be catered for.
“In most cases these officers don’t have enough money to help them rent decent houses.There is need to keep them inside barracks because most of them are professionals like engineers, doctors and IT specialists,” he urged.
The State Minister for Internal Affairs Hon Obiga Mario Kania said the government is doing whatever it can to enhance welfare of the force.
“Government is committed to providing good accommodation facilities to police officers in appreciation for the good work they have done for the country,” Hon. Obiga said.
The project will see over 1020 housing units covering a total of 17 blocks for police officers constructed. Each block will have 4 floors totaling to 60 apartments each having 2 bedrooms.