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Investigations Delay Confirmation of 1100 Police Cadets

The investigations started in November 2016, just two months after the then Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura passed out the officers from Kabalye Police Training School. Munira Ali, the Spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government, says investigations are still ongoing.
Some of the cadets during their pass out at Kabalaye Police Training School in September 2016
More than 1100 cadet police officers recruited in June 2015 have spent almost two years on probation without any hope of confirmation. The delayed confirmation of the officers stems from the ongoing investigations by the Inspectorate of Government in their recruitment.

The investigations started in November 2016, just two months after the then Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura passed out the officers from Kabalye Police Training School. Munira Ali, the Spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government, says investigations are still ongoing.

"We are still investigating. We have not yet released a report but we will soon," Munira told URN. 100 of the 1100 affected officers were sent for training by the Somali and South Sudan government. The investigations stemmed from complaints that the officers were irregularly recruited.

It is alleged that while police advertised 500 slots, more than 1100 officers were recruited. During the investigations it was also established that some of the officers lacked the Bachelor's degree, the minimum education qualification for the post.  Some of the recruits were also over and above the 32 year age limit.

THE 2015/2015 cadet recruitment was controversial leading to the cancellation of the first short list. The police management reassessed the list in April 2015. It is claimed that each senior police officer had wanted his own people included on the list even though they lacked the requisite qualifications.

Apart from the senior officers, State house also had its own people as well as some senior government officials. This is not the only investigation by the IG into the affairs of Uganda Police Force. In 2015, the IG instituted investigations into the alleged irregularities in police promotions.

Among the officers whose ranks were being investigated was Nixon Agasirwe, the former head of the Police Special Operations Unit whose was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) without undergoing Police basic training.

Also under investigations was Jonathan Baroza, the former personal assistant to General Kale Kayihura, Susan Kasirye and Zurah Balimwoyo who given ranks over and above their deployment. 

The IG is yet to conclude the investigations and issue a report on the cases.