After almost seven months since we reported a burglary at my parents’ home, the police have finally apprehended a prime suspect.
Through the excruciatingly long process of evidence-gathering, one thing that has become evident to me is that the Uganda Police Force is not facilitated well enough to handle complicated cases.
As complainants, we paid for the photocopying of documents, bought the paper file folder, paid for transport of the officers to go make arrests, paid for their airtime and even paid a certain man they told us was ‘the tracker’.
Of course, there is no question as to whether we civilians need the police or not because they have the constitutional mandate and necessary machinery to investigate cases and make arrests. The possession of this mandate, however, is what has made some police officers fleece citizens-all in the name of ‘facilitation’.
Just last week, two officers asked for transport fare to go and make an arrest. And after being given Shs7,000, one officer turned to the other and said, “You see how much they are giving us for transport.”
“Let him add some more,” the other officer responded.
That Shs7,000 was more than enough for their transport. But because there is no standard scale of how much we should be giving the police for what, they rob us.
While the police have the mandate that the civilians do not have, the civilians appear to also have something that the police needs to do their work the money.
If we are supposed to pay for these services, the police should come up with a price list such that the citizens can know how much to pay for what without being cheated.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor