Several people have lodged complaints at PSU accusing the drivers of asking them to pay money before they could drive their patients to hospitals. Some drivers, according to complaints at PSU, refused to drive the patients when relatives failed to pay the money they had asked.
At least 10
police ambulance drivers are being probed by the Professional Standards Unit
(PSU) for allegedly charging patients and turning the vehicles into passenger
It is reported that several people have lodged complaints at PSU accusing the
drivers of asking them to pay money before they could drive their patients to
hospitals. Some drivers, according to complaints at PSU, refused to drive the
patients when relatives failed to pay the money they had asked.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, confirmed that there are several concerns
that have been raised in regard to the abuse of force ambulances by drivers
attached to them. Police currently have 26 functioning ambulances that have
been stationed at various emergency centers.
But Enanga says some drivers have turned the ambulances into cargo carriers,
public service vans and some are using them for their personal errands.
Complaints about the abuse of the ambulances have mostly come from upcountry
areas where people in remote areas asked to pay money before the drivers accept
to drive the patients to hospitals.
“We want to inform the public that have gotten concerns about misuse and abuse
of police ambulances by police drivers attached to them. We want to inform the
public that we currently have a fleet of 26 ambulances attached to different
These ambulances are supposed to transport police personnel,
evacuate of victims of accidents and disasters,” Enanga said.
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The emergency centres created by police where these ambulances are attached
include Kawempe, Nsambya, Katwe, FFU Naguru, Buwama, Masaka, Moroto, Lira,
Hoima, Busunjju, Police Headquarters, Mubende, Iganga, Katakwi, Luweero, Gulu,
Arua, Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal, Lugazi, Tororo and Mbale.
Any person can seek the services of a police ambulance by dialing toll-free line
800122221 or emergency call lines 999 or 112. Other duties of police ambulances
include supporting police operations by rushing wounded suspects or police
personnel to the hospital, accompanying Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) and
Very Important Persons (VIPs) convoys.
Police have urged the public to always take charge of the ambulances stationed
in their areas of residence by reporting any drivers who use them for personal
gains. In March this year, Police’s director for health services AIGP Dr. Moses
Byaruhanga said ambulances drivers were using them for smuggling.
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.