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Dilapidated State of Jinja Police Barracks Shocks Legislators :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Dilapidated State of Jinja Police Barracks Shocks Legislators

A police officer told our reporter on condition of anonymity so as to speak freely on the matter during the visit of the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee that he has since abstained from sex due to lack of privacy in their housing units, which has since pushed his wife into infidelity.
A store accomodating 20 Field Force Unit-FFU personnel at Jinja city's based police barracks.

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The dilapidated state of the Jinja police barracks has shocked legislators on the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee of parliament. Seated on 300 acres of land along the Jinja-Kampala highway, the Jinja police barrack was built in 1934 to host 249 personnel.

The police barracks currently hosts 485 police personnel and their family members, bringing the number to about 1662 residents. Another 75 police personnel and their families stay in Nalufenya police barracks, which comprises 34 double roomed housing units, situated on eight acres of land. 

A police officer told our reporter on condition of anonymity so as to speak freely on the matter during the visit of the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee that he has since abstained from sex due to lack of privacy in their housing units, which has since pushed his wife into infidelity.

He says that his attempts to live together with his children turned futile since it would infringe on his colleague's ability to enjoy conjugal rights with their visiting partners. 

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The Kiira regional police commander, Dauda Hiriga stresses that the available units are not enough to house the over 849 police personnel deployed within the region. 

Hiriga notes that the sewer lines and drainage systems often break down due to old pipes within the barracks, which has since led to the complete blockage of the toilets.

He says that over 10 blocks within the barracks are still roofed with asbestos, which risks the well-being of police personnel. 

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The Butiru county MP, Godfrey Wakooli, said that the police leadership has not played its’ key role in providing decent accommodation for the lower-ranking officers. He has promised to lobby his fellow MPs to agitate for the nationwide refurbishment of all police barracks. 

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Okot Bitek, the Kyoga County MP says that the poor living conditions affect the psychological wellbeing of the police officers. He says that there is a need for the country’s top leadership to quickly refurbish the dilapidated housing units so as to enable members of the armed forces to effectively serve their country.

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The Nansana Municipality MP, Wakayima Musoke, said that partial renovation was made on part of the barracks premises but not much has been done to improve the dilapidated housing structures.

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On her part, the committee chairperson, Rosemary Nyakyikongoro noted that the rooftops at the barracks administration block also serve as housing units for some officers denying the personnel ample office space to execute their duties. 

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