The IGP says that the Institute should vacate the 16.52 acreage of land leased to them for failing to develop it as envisaged.
AIGPs Erasmus Twaruhukwa (L) and Richard Edyegu appearing before the Defense and Internal Affairs Sub-Committee of Parliament
General of Police, Martin Ochola Okoth wants the United Nations African
Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI)
to vacate the police land in Naguru.
institute is an inter-governmental organization that promotes the active
cooperation of governments, academic institutions, non-governmental
organizations, and experts in the area of crime prevention and criminal
mandated by the African States to help mobilize human, material, and
administrative potential to promote sustainable development and strengthen
crime prevention and control capacity.
statement presented to the Sub-committee on Defence and Internal Affairs on
Tuesday by the Director, Logistics and Engineering, Richard Edyegu., the IGP
says that the Institute should vacate the 16.52 acreage land leased to them for
failing to develop it as envisaged.
not proceeded to develop and utilize the land as was envisaged. To date, they
have not proved to be beneficial to the government in as far as their mandate
is concerned,” Edyegu said.
In April 1998, Uganda was selected by the Conference of Ministers of the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as the host of the UNAFRI whose
objective was to promote collaborative activities and joint action on priority
problems bearing on crime prevention and control in the development context.
Part of the
obligations of the host country was to provide residential accommodation,
office space, classrooms, and furniture to the institute. Indeed, in 2011,
the government formalized a 99-year lease to the Institute including land housing
12 senior staff houses.
The IGP notes that UNAFRI has since failed to develop the land and even rented
out most of the residential houses including the 12 senior staff houses for
income generation contrary to the purpose for which the lease was given.
a security threat for the police establishment particularly because this is the
same place that houses the command center, armory, counter-terrorism base, and
police headquarters,” Edyegu said.
UNAFRI has since subleased 7.8 acres of the land to private business entities
such as YUASA car Bond and Future Group Limited contrary to the purpose for
which the lease was given.
The police leadership now wants the land comprising Plot 3 Mukabya Road and
plots 2-8 on Katalima Road returned to Uganda Police Force for further
management and the 12 senior staff houses are immediately vacated and
now considering leasing to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) about 40.47
acres of land in exchange for the construction of staff accommodation and a
“We have started looking at other developers like NSSF which has the money.
They will build for us structures that are commensurate with the value of the
land,” AIGP Erasmus Twaruhukwa who led the police team said. The land to
be given to NSSF has been valued at about Shillings 180 billion Shillings.
Mugabe Kahonda, the Chairperson of the subcommittee expressed dismay at how Uganda
Police Force has been leasing out its land with impunity. “Imagine UNAFRI,
which is actually a defunct institute, is given a lease of fewer than 99 years,
but they are able to sublease it at 99 years,” Mugabe said.
Twaruhukwa said that UNAFRI has been dysfunctional since its inception and has
not received any funding from the United Nations - UN.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.