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Kayihura Pleads With Districts to Fund Police Operations

The Inspector General of Police has asked sub county and district councils to allocate funds in their budgets to fuel of Police vehicles during operations. The police budget was reduced from Shillings 612 billion shillings in 2014/15 to Shillings 516 billion in the current Financial Year and that in the 2017/18, the budget will be cut further to Shillings 506 billion.
The Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura being welcomed by local leaders at Luweero Diocesean Guest House for Community Policing Meeting

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The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has asked sub county and district councils to allocate funds in their budgets to fuel of Police vehicles during operations.

This, General Kayihura says, is to help cover the gaps that will be created by budget cuts in the 2017/2018 financial year.

The police budget was reduced from Shillings 612 billion shillings  in 2014/15 to Shillings 516 billion in the current Financial Year and that in the 2017/18, the budget will be cut further to Shillings 506 billion.

Police uses 29.8 million litres of diesel and petrol annually without considering fuel used for special operations. Fuel takes more than 100 billion shillings off the Police budget.

Kayihura says that although police is trying to ease the movement of officers through offering motorcycles and vehicles to conduct operations and respond to emergencies, the budget cuts have hindered their capacity.

Kayihura noted that the low funds have hit the force hard and personally he has been allocated less fuel to execute duties.

Kayihura asked the district and sub county councils across the country to allocate funds in their budgets for police operations noting that what they do is meant to maintain law and order in the communities.

General Kayihura made the call on Monday while meeting Local Council officials, Officers in charge of Police stations, District Police Commanders and Regional Police Commanders in  Savannah, Sezibwa and Wamala Regions. The meeting took place at Luweero Diocesean Guest House in Luweero town council.

Kayihura however cautioned police officers against unnecessary movements and wastage of fuel meant for operations

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Kayihura also rejected the calls by local leaders to deploy more personnel at Police stations saying there is no money to recruit more staff. He however noted that the Police Force will deploy Flying Squad to areas in case of specific crimes which need more re-enforcement.

Local council officials received Kayihura's call to fund police operations with mixed reactions.

Sam Kigula, the LC 5 Chairperson of Nakasongola district says that the district will consider the request in their next budget but asked the police to ensure there is accountability for money given.

But Ismail Kasozi Matumbwe, the LC 3 Chairperson of Semuto Sub County decried low funding from Central government and local revenue.

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Last week, Kayihura petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over budget cuts. Gen Kayihura told Kadaga that insufficient funding was hampering police field operations, training, crime investigations, construction of police housing units and forensic laboratory.