A new police uniform and garment factory is to be commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday.
Godfrey Bangirana, the police’s director of logistics and engineering, said last week that the police had been buying uniforms from various suppliers abroad but would now cut costs.
“We have now decided to make ours to reduce on the costs of importation, standardise on the stitching, control the quality and quantity and also effectively secure our uniforms and get them in time,” Bangirana said.
He told The Observer that any savings made would be used to build houses for police officers.
“So far we have sent about 70 officers to China to gain more skills on how to make garments. We have also employed about 200 people in this factory including police officers, their spouses and civilians to make these uniforms in big quantities and with good quality,” Bangirana said.
He also said the new police uniform would be white in colour for all officers. But deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye said the colour would remain khaki although the stitches would change.
The launch of the new uniform is part of activities to mark the centenary anniversary of the Uganda police. The factory will also manufacture school uniforms, private security company uniforms, and organization uniforms to generate income for police in the long run.
Source : The Observer