Kampala. The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has said he will not leave the police until the living conditions of police officers have improved.
Gen Kayihura was speaking on Friday at a ceremony where the Uganda Police received Shs27m from the diplomatic fraternity to boost its welfare fund. The function was held at the Foreign Affairs ministry.
Gen Kayihura said the police have started attracting highly educated personnel but observed that the poor living conditions could scare them away from the force.
“You find graduates doctors, engineers, lawyers and IT specialists joining the police. But how am I going to retain them with these unipots and mama ingia pole-pole (grass-thatched huts),” Gen Kayihura wondered.
“I must build for them modern apartments and this is a really big problem,” he added.
Gen Kayihura called for partnerships to put up better housing for the police and said the force has its own land and only needs partners to build the required standard accommodation for the officers.
He called on the diplomatic fraternity to support efforts towards fighting domestic and gender-based violence.
While handing over the cheques to Gen Kayihura, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corp, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago Patrick Edwards said the money was 50 per cent of proceeds from the recent annual diplomatic dinner.
He said the contribution was an appreciation for the police services to the country.
State minister for Foreign Affairs Asuman Kiyingi, who attended the ceremony, applauded the diplomats for going beyond their diplomatic roles and fund development.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor