Parliament to support Police in addressing housing shortage

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has promised to lobby for more funds through Parliament for the construction of housing units for the Police.

While on tour of the construction site for the Uganda Police Force on Wednesday, 8th February, 2017 in Naguru, Kampala, Kadaga expressed gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura for coming up with a solution to the poor and inadequate housing facilities for the Police.

"I grew up in Naguru and I used to see the small rundown structures that housed police officers. It is therefore refreshing to find a change and we shall go back to the drawing board in Parliament to devise means to fund this project," the Speaker said.

She commended the Police for coming up with cost effective means for building. "We, in Parliament, shall lobby the government to provide funds for earth moving and construction equipment to lower the project costs," Kadaga said.

This was in response to the IGP, Gen. Kayihura, who said that the Police Force had undertaken to construct 1,200 apartments to address the longstanding accommodation shortage in the force.

"We had an issue of funding so we opted for cost saving ventures in order to utilise the limited funding and construct better and more houses for police officers," Kayihura said.

Gen. Kayihura said that they were using crime preventers and police officers to do the artisan work. To cut costs even further, he said they were getting materials directly from suppliers and eliminating the middle man.

The apartments will have two and three bed-roomed units, which will house lower ranking police officers.

Source: Parliament of Uganda