Police to Redeploy all Officers

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

The Uganda Police Force is in the process of vetting all its officers and men for redeployment.

Police directorates in charge of human resource administration and development are in charge of the process. The ongoing process to address the challenges in the human resource administration is as a result of continued complaints by police management about the performance of its personnel.

The police spokesperson Asan Kasingye told PRIME RADIO that the force has had a very poor manpower planning system since the force concentrated on recruitment of personnel with professional academic qualifications.

The force has a total of 48,000 officers and troops deployed in the various directorates and units. Each officer has a file in Human Resource Administration which has details of the academic qualifications and career courses as well work experience.

The files are stored in the Police Registry located at the Police headquarters in Naguru. They are supposed to be updated after every two years by the Directorate of Human Resource Development which has details of all courses taken and individuals who undertook them.

A source within the Police top management however told PRIME RADIO that the files usually catch dust in the store room and are never used during promotion or deployment processes.

"Who has time to go through those dusty files? Maybe the new ones will be of help but to say that people go into the registry and look at a file? It's like you don't know our policemen," the officer says.

A committee headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Okoth Ochola has since been set up to handle the vetting of personnel for deployment. Through a new programme codenamed "Career path development", all personnel employed under the police force have been asked to avail details a fresh of their academic qualifications, courses undertaken through police and a list of their former deployments.

The vetting committee will use the availed information to redeploy personnel basing on their areas of expertise. It remains unexplained why the details have been asked for despite the force having updated files of every officer's details.

Police officers who have been asked to fill the career path development forms have expressed concern that this is not the first time they are filling forms like this but no action is ever taken.

One of the officers, who PRIME RADIO talked to on promise of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the force, says deployments have always been based on who knows who in the top management and he doesn't see that changing.

"Every two to three years we fill a form with all those details and send them to Human Resource. What happens to them? We have seen people deployed because they have friends at the top. You think that will change?"

The officer mentions nepotism and patronage within the force. He says: "Directors have their daughter and in laws, we have those related to the first family. It is these relationships and lobbying that earn one deployment, not education."

Kasingye says there is currently disorganisation in the police force with persons with expertise and experience misplaced into units not connected to their expertise.

The vetting committee's mandate also includes removing personnel with criminal records or being investigated for different crimes from the units in which they have allegedly committed the crimes and offenses.

Police has in the past been accused of protecting officers with offenses under investigations and deploying them or even promoting them.

The officers who have been promoted or redeployed despite being under investigations include; Wilber Wanyama, the Regional CID commander Aswa Region, the current Professional Standards Unit Commander Joel Aguma who is alleged to have illegally repatriated a Rwandan national, and James Ruhweza the Aviation Police Commander implicated in the torture of Besigye supporters among many others

 
 

President Museveni Petitioned Over Bughendera District

 
 
 
 

BUNDIBUGYO

Leaders in Bughendera County, Bundibugyo district have petitioned President Museveni over delays in the proposed creation of Bughendera district.

President Museveni endorsed the creation of the district while campaigning at Burambagira Primary School, Bughendera County in Bundibugyo district last year. He however did not mention when the district status would be granted.

Bughendera is a mountainous area predominately occupied by the Bakonzo. It is comprised of Kasitu, Ngamba, Ntoroto, Harugale, Ndugutu, Bukonjo and Sidira sub counties. If Bughendera is granted a district status, Bundibugyo district will remain with only Bwamba County with a concentration of the Bamba/Babwisi communities.

However, area leaders who celebrated the President's announcement are now running out of patience and have petitioned him about the pledge.

Moses Muhindo, the LCIII Chairperson of Ngamba Sub County says that they are demanding answers from the President as to when the district will be granted. Muhindo explains that the area has for a long time been marginalized and missed out on social services such as education and health.

He adds that the government should prioritize the creation of the district since it has 10 sub counties and the residents are in urgent need for better services.

Beatrice Mbambu, the councilor representing Harugale Sub County says that there is no need for delay to grant the district because last year, Bundibugyo district council agreed the district's split.

However, Nathan Businge, a resident of Ntandi trading centre says that the county requires adequate social services like physical infrastructure, health centres and schools, but not a district that will cause disunity and tension between the Bamba and Bakonzo.

Last year, the Obudingiya Bwa Bamba Cultural institution in Bundibugyo district opposed the proposed creation of Bughendera district. The institution claims that 45 percent of the subjects in Bughendera pay allegiance to Lt. Col. Martin Ayongi Kamya, the Bamba cultural leader and there are several cultural sites in Bughendera.

Last year more than 40 people were killed in ethnic clashes in Bughendera County. The clashes were common in Ntoroto and Harugale sub counties. The creation of districts has in the past come under criticism from the opposition and technocrats, who argue that it increases the cost of public administration.

 
 

SPLA Soldier killed in Moyo

 
 
 

 

MOYO

An unidentified man in Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) uniform was on Tuesday evening lynched in Moyo district.

Residents of Chunyu Wano in Purojo village, located about a kilometre from the South Sudan border accused him of stealing a blanket from one of them. They attacked and disarmed him of a sub machine gun that had no ammunition before killing him instantly at about 6pm. The stolen blanket was later recovered from him.

Lt. Hassan Kato, the UPDF Spokesperson for West Nile sub region, says a military intelligence team is yet to establish details of the slain SPLA soldier. Lt. Kato says they are investigating which group he belonged to and the exact circumstances under which he was lynched.

"Thereafter efforts shall be made to reach out to his formation for further management. We appeal to the wanainchi not to take the law into their hands but to always inform the security for intervention than mob justice," he advised.

 
 

Central Bank in COSASE over Golden Jubilee Pens

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Bank of Uganda has been asked to produce all procurement files relating to purchases made for its golden jubilee celebrations.

The demand was made by Parliaments Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) in a meeting with Central Bank officials led by the Deputy Governor Louis Kasekende. The team was responding to queries raised by the Auditor General in the 2013/2014 audit report.

Away from the year under review, COSASE chairman Abdu Katuntu made reference to media reports indicating that the bank flouted procurement laws when it spent 125 million Shillings to purchase 350 pens in financial year 2016/2017. The pens were supplied by Aristoc Booklex Limited.

The purchase was reportedly initiated by the Central Bank's Communications Department for distribution to distinguished guests during the Golden Jubilee Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture held on August 2 and a subsequent activity on august 3, 2016.

Documents accessed by PRIME RADIO indicate that Gloria Wakooba, the BOU Acting Director (Procurement Disposal Department) raised queries on the procurement and cautioned the institution's Secretary Contracts Committee that the branded pens had been ordered for before the procurement process was initiated, contrary to the provisions of the law.

"The tender documentation approved was overtaken by events given that the goods had already been received in the bank and the supplier has submitted an invoice for payment." Wakooba stated in a letter dated September 23 2016.

Wakooba then requested the Contracts Committee to cancel the tender documentation regarding the procurement and that the relevant approval authority approves 125 million Shillings to M/s Aristoc Booklex Ltd, given that the Bank had already consumed the goods and needed to pay for them.

Katuntu says that the committee has picked interest in the matter. He added that the committee is going to review the golden jubilee celebrations in totality concentrating on the procurement contracts and documents.

"If there is a problem we have to sort it out, if there is no problem we will be happy to say there was no problem. So can we have the details of that function, the procurement and so on because the issue raised by the media is bad procurement," Katuntu said.

He added that COSASE shall eventually be looking at several other procurement's saying that all statutory institutions have the problem of procurement.

Efforts by the Deputy Governor Kasekende to notify Katuntu that BOU at 50 celebrations relate to the financial year 2016/2017 which is not yet covered by the Auditor General were futile. Katuntu cut him short saying that it was even more relevant for his committee to look at the matter since most times all they do is postmortem.

Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa further demanded that the Central Bank avails the committee with a sample of the pen that the Central Bank procured.

Bank of Uganda Director Communications Christine Alupo defended the procurement that it went through all due processes and that the institutions internal audit department was handling the matter.

 
 

Stanbic Bank to Raise Capital for Crude Oil Pipeline

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Government has appointed Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) and Stanbic Bank Uganda to help it raise funds for the construction of the crude pipeline.

The two financial institutions are expected to help government of Uganda to raise over 12.6 trillion Shillings ($3.55 Billion)) required for financing the 1,445km pipeline by the second half of next year. The pipeline will connect Hoima oilfields to the port of Tanga in Tanzania.

President Yoweri Museveni and his Counterpart John Magufuli commissioned the construction of the pipeline earlier this month. However, A report carried earlier by Irish news indicates that the project will be financed through debt financing from the international markets due to shortage of funding in Uganda and Tanzania.

Stanbic Bank's Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Mweheire told PRIME RADIO in an interview that Stanbic bank is positive about the success of the joint financial advisory role on the pipeline funding. He adds that the companies are considering several options for raising the required funding.

Stanbic Bank has of recent been strategically preparing itself in the oil and gas sector in Uganda. Mweheire says the Standard Bank Group has had vast experience with oil and gas developments in other African countries and hopes to transfer that to Uganda.

Stanbic Bank and Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group are expected to advise government on the selection of a suitable investor for the project.

There are discussions to form a Special Purpose Vehicle or Pipe Co to construct, own and operate the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. Pipe Co will then negotiate Shareholder's Agreement, Project Financing Agreements and Transportation Agreement between shippers of oil from Tanga Port to the international market.

It is expected that Pipe Co shareholders will fund East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) through a mix of equity and project financing.

 
 

Makerere VC Orders Demolition of Kiosks

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Makerere University has finally demolished the illegal kiosks that have been serving cheap food to students.

The demolition was done last week on the orders of the University's outgoing vice chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu. This came just a day to the reopening of the new semester on Saturday.

In his Monday August 7th letter to the proprietors of the structures, Prof. Ddumba ordered kiosk owners to remove them by Wednesday August 9 lest they be charged fees for removing them.

"Your illegal structure is either an annex to the original university structure or makeshift construction that is not authorized by the university. You may wish to be reminded that your illegal structure not only lacks a space allocation letter but is also without a valid contract…," Prof. Ddumba says in his letter.

By Friday last week, none of the kiosk owners had willingly removed the structures which prompted Prof. Ddumba to hire men who put them down amidst opposition by students' leaders and kiosk owners.

Students claim to have been left with no choice since their cheap eating places have been removed.

Indeed one of the students, Godwin Toko, a fourth-year law student described it as "walking a tight rope trying to balance between food prices affordable to all students and the safety and hygiene in regard to food served."

PRIME RADIO understands that during the 160th Estates and Works committee meeting of August 3, the members agreed to remove all illegal structures on condition that the university provides alternative decent eating places for students.

Prof. Ddumba on Monday told PRIME RADIO that there was no need to negotiate with the kiosk owners since Estates department had already resolved and recommended their demolition.

"The estates had a tour of some sections of the campus and after the tour they asked the vice chancellor to take action. Besides, most of them are owned by outsiders like those at the police station are owned by some police men who left here in 2008," Ddumba explained.

Paul Kato, the Guild President told PRIME RADIO that they had been caught by surprise as men armed with claw bars and hammers demolished the structures.

Kato says that the students' guild had already engaged the university management to ensure that the kiosks are set up before continuing students report this weekend.

During the demolitions, the only students' canteen at Complex Hall, one of the three female halls of residence at the university, was demolished. Students have protested the demolition.

In 2014 Makerere University stopped providing meals to students in halls of residence, and outsourced catering services to private firms.

Under the new system, students from different halls of residence were grouped to share service points. For instance residents of Mary Stuart, Complex and Lumumba halls have their meals at Mary Stuart; Livingstone shares a serving point with Africa Hall, unlike in the past, where students had meals at their respective halls of residence.

Students however say that these official serving points have strict time schedules. Some students miss meals their meals since most of their lectures run throughout the meal time. This makes restaurants and kiosks relevant as students access food at the time of their convenience.

Not the first time

In January this year, Makerere University demolished all kiosks on the university campus in an attempt to cut down utility bills. However, three police officers; Herbert Mwesigye, Barbie Nathan and Sylvia Namuwombe secretly re-erected their kiosks near Makerere Police station and Livingstone quarters.

 
 

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