By Spy Uganda
Kampala: His excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Commander of Armed Forces yesterday passed out 4809 learner assistant inspectors of Police and Probationary Police constables in a bid to curb crimes that may rise out of the 2021 general elections.
An event that took place at Police Training School, Kabalye, Masindi district, Museveni revealed that his target is to have an appropriate ratio where one police officer can serve 500 Ugandans.
President added that even though he targets the appropriate ratio, he also focuses on the quality of the police officers before passing them out.
He added that in 1979, he recruited graduates in the police for the first time while considering their education qualifications. Adding, “When I look at the police group that I passed out today, I feel so happy, they are all young.”
However, President urged the recruits to remain loyal to their mission, for the bright future and ordered them to protect women from thugs.
“Why allow thugs to beat women when you are nearby. Nobody should attack a member of the public when police are nearby, subdue that thug,” said.
However, it was unfortunate as Museveni was passing out 4809 officers, 200 trainees who were meant to be passed out with others yesterday failed due to the health complications they had hence disqualification.
Police in August last year recruited 5,100 Probation Police Constables and Assistant Inspectors of Police, unfortunately, in December last year, police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed that three of the recruits had died who included two female trainees that lost their lives after 52 days in training due to over bleeding. It is said that the two ladies had miscarriages.
A source at Naguru police headquarters said a special probe had been set up to understand how pregnant women were admitted for the training because it is against the recruitment procedures in all armed forces. However, findings of the probe have remained scanty. The source said that one female trainee dropped dead in the fourth week while another female and male trainee died in November and December respectively.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said he was still waiting for a report from the Police Training School commandant, Assistant Commissioner of Police Abubaker Ziwedde. Nevertheless, Enanga said it is not unusual for trainees to die during this kind of training.
The police recruits started their training in July 2019, after an exercise which was marred with scandals. At least 130 of the recruits were rejected moments after arriving at the school on grounds that they had fake academic papers and health documents.
Back then, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola ordered for fresh scrutiny of all files of trainees and it was established that over 2,100 were above the required age. Probation Police Constables were supposed to be between 18 and 22 years while Learner Assistant Inspectors of Police were supposed to be between 23 and 25 years.