Domestic development budget caters for among other things construction of police housing units, police stations, purchase of more fleet, renovations of police stations and refurbishing existing health amenities.
The Uganda Police Force has been allocated 292 billion shillings
for domestic development in the 2020/2021 fiscal year starting next month.
The development budget has been increased by 32.8 percent compared to 196
billion shillings that were given to the force in the 2019/2020 financial year.
Domestic development budget caters for among other things construction of
police housing units, police stations, purchase of more fleet, renovations of
police stations and refurbishing existing health amenities.
Dr Moses Byaruhanga, the director police medical services, said in
the coming budget he hopes to purchase at least seven new ambulances for his
The police force had 32 ambulances in total but at least 10 have since been
grounded. Purchasing new ambulances, according to Byaruhanga, will steer his
directorate efforts’ to respond to medical emergencies.
Dr Byaruhanga says ambulances are attached to various districts as a health
contribution from the police force. These are attached to among other districts
Katakwi, Buikwe, Iganga, Masaka, Kabaale and Mbarara.
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Police have 92 health facilities ranging from Health Centre IIs to
III which include Arua, Kiryandongo, Soroti, Katakwi, Iganga, Mpigi, Buwama,
Mbarara, Rukungiri, Hoima, and Masindi. The force hopes to renovate some of
these health facilities while others will be equipped.
Another police project that is expected to take a big chunk is the stalled
construction of 10,000 housing units for lower rank police officers who range
from Inspector of Police to Police Constable.
Police council resolved to first start with 17 buildings with four levels each.
Every floor on the 17 building contains 15 housing units. Each building is
being erected at a cost of 6.9 billion shillings. However, Police Spokesperson,
Fred Enanga, recently told Uganda Radio Network –URN that the construction was
not moving speedily because of slow releases of funds.
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Even though the first phase of the seven units of for the 17
building was supposed to be completed in 2018, it is only one building that is
complete and already occupied by 60 police personnel manning the National
Closed Circuit Television –CCTV Command Centre at Naguru.
Former Inspector General of Police –IGP Gen Kale Kayihura, launched the
construction of police housing units. Police council passed the idea of first
constructing 1020 unit but were later reduced to 360 as a pilot project.
Last year’s police council also passed the idea of establishing a full-fledged
forensic directorate that is currently headed by Andrew Mubiru.
To cater to female police officers’ affairs, police leadership
also wants to start up a gender directorate. These and many others are all
expected to be catered for in 292 billion shillings budget for domestic
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.