Police seek to create new directorate

Kampala

Police are in talks with Public Service ministry to allow them establish a new directorate that will be in charge of intelligence gathering and analysis.

The new directorate, which is expected to be established probably next year, will have duties similar to those of the disbanded Special Branch.

Gen Kale Kayihura, the IGP, confirmed the developments saying there is need for such a directorate to improve on intelligence gathering. “Although we have improved in terms of investigation of cases, we need improvement in intelligence gatheringsthat is why we are talking to Public Service to have a stand-alone directorate,” Gen Kayihura said.

Currently, intelligence gathering and analysis are carried out by the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate, which also investigates crimes.

The police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, said yesterday a decision to curve intelligence out of CIID was reached in a special police council in Kampala last year.

“We found out that there were enormous tasks, including that of intelligence and investigations, piled on the CIID director’s desk that hampered supervision. So the council said we should have a directorate of intelligence,” Mr Enanga said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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