Proposal to change police name was dropped, says Aronda

Parliament.
Internal Affairs minister Aronda Nyakairima has told Parliament that the proposal to change Uganda Police Force’s name to Uganda National Police was rejected.
Answering queries from MPs during the plenary debate of a budget report from the committee on Defence and Internal Affairs yesterday, Gen Aronda said the decision was reached during a high-level meeting.

“I can tell this House that the name of the police will not be changed because a meeting sat and decided against the idea,” he said.

Gen Aronda’s assurance came after West Budama County South legislator Oboth Marksons Jacob (Indep) said: “It is a criminal act and a coup on the constitutional order in Uganda for Uganda Police to change its names.”

Wanted change
Police chief Kale Kayihura early this year said as part of the police centenary celebrations, the Force would change the name “because Ugandans hate the word ‘force”.
Meanwhile, while responding to queries about the reported indiscipline by Amisom soldiers in Somalia who reportedly sexually assaulted women in exchange for food, Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga said investigations will be instituted.

“Discipline is the cardinal rule in the UPDF. The issue of sexual offences is something we take seriously. Right now, there is an officer in the court martial after being charged for sexual offences in Somalia,” he said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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