AIGP Sorowen Cautions on Unfit Police Officers

Sympathizers of jailed former Works Minister Abraham Byandala yesterday evening staged a demonstration in Luweero town demanding his release from Luzira prison where he was sent on remand for two weeks.

Two arrests were made in this matter.

Byandala hails from Katikamu in the same district.

The Luwero district police commander Erau Higwenyi confirmed that they had arrested Sarah Namuyanja, prescription price Byandala’s secretary and Samuel Sserunjjoji the Katikamu chairperson in connection to the demonstration.

The crowd that bore placards with words reading ‘releases our man’ was dispersed with teargas when it turned rowdy.

Lamech Kigozi the region’s police spokesperson revealed that Namuyanja and Sserunjjoji were later released with no charges.

Byandala was arrested on Tuesday 28th July 2015 following investigations by the Office of the Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) over his alleged role in the Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi/Kisoga-Nyenga Road saga where Government lost billions of shillings.
The Director for special duties in Uganda Police force AIGP Andrew Sorowen has directed all DPCs together with Regional Police commanders to “cut down” on the number of unfit officers in their command areas.

While officiating at the ceremony where Haruna Isabirye handed over the Kampala Metropolitan Command office to his Successor Benjamin Namanya, this Sorowen said the quality of police operations was going down due to a bulging number of unfit police officers.


He directed that all officers ought to undergo regular physical fitness drills, adding that for a person to be in police uniform they must be alert and ready at all times.

“We want a force, where all policemen return to the station from quelling a street riot, and can all be immediately dispatched for another incident and they are ready and energetic,” he said.

Sorowen further urged the police commanders to monitor very well all the guns as well as armed officers so as to avoid misuse of fire arms that on several occasions have resulted into loss of lives

“DPCs have to ensure that they monitor armories and at the same time ensure that armed officers always move in groups because it’s easy for the thugs to attack and take away a gun from an officer moving alone. Once on riffle is lost, those are lots of lives of innocent people on the line.”


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