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More than 3,000 police vehicles and motorcycles are grounded. It
is alleged that out of 9,226 police fleet as presented in police achievements
report, over 3,600 vehicles and motorcycles are grounded.
“The figure was based on purchase records for more than 15 years ago. But the
fact is that several vehicles and motorcycles are in bad mechanical conditions
and have been grounded for a long time. We have several trucks, Double Cabins,
Yamaha motorcycles and APCs rotting at Namanve workshop and various police
stations,” a senior police officer said.
It is reported that when MPs visited police headquarters last week, they were
led to various workshops where they found several grounded vehicles and
motorcycles. The MPs included among others Bunyole West MP, James Waluswaka and
Florence Namayanja, MP for Bukoto East County.
Waluswaka says that the government has not provided enough money
for the maintenance of the vehicles.
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Police sources said most of the currently used vehicles save for directors were
donated by Justice Law and Order Sector –JLOS, embassies and Non-Governmental Organisations.
These include motorcycles, Double Cabins and Pick Ups.
“Most of the new motorcycles you see being used by police stations were donated
by JLOS and ambassadors. The motorcycles and vehicles purchased by police just
need repairs to get back on the roads but we don’t have money,” the police
The Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, could not be reached for a
comment as he said he was in a security meeting. Police sources added that all
police vehicles and motorcycles that have been involved in accidents are also
grounded even when they need minor servicing and repairing.
Traffic police records of 2019 show 234 police trucks and vehicles were
involved in accidents.
However, this declined by 12 percent compared to 268 police
vehicles involved in road carnage in 2018. Most of the BMW motorcycles formerly
used by traffic police officers and some ambulances are also among the ground
According to a report on the police achievements compiled by the former
director research and planning, Edward Osiru Ochom and Police’s Political
Commissariat Asan Kasingye, the force’s fleet has grown to 9,226 up down from
7,410 since 2017.
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.