On some social media and print platforms yesterday 3rd 08 2015, false and exaggerated information was issued about the costs of the procurement process in which the Uganda Police Force seeks to buy some aircrafts to support operations, emergencies and transport.
In light of these falsehoods, the police force would like to make it clear that:-
The government of Uganda and the government of Italy have a bilateral understanding on several issues, among them the supply of some aircrafts on purchase.
The procurement process is for two aircrafts and not four as earlier alleged.
In addition to supplying the two aircrafts, the Italian government (Carabinieri) made a donation of three helicopters last year (2014) making it a total of five helicopters.
Two on purchase and three as a donation.
The said aircrafts have not yet arrived in Uganda since the procurement process is not yet complete.
The process of procurement for all equipment in the Uganda Police Force is done through the Directorate of Logistics and Engineering. Therefore, the purchase of the two aircrafts is being done by the procurement committee under the Directorate of Logistics and Engineering.
Clearly, the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura and AIGP Amos Ngabirano are not in charge of procurement although they may provide technical advice to the committee whenever and whenever necessary.
The process of procuring these aircrafts was cleared to commence after satisfying the guidelines stipulated in the PPDA Act. The procurement process was initiated in 2014.
Therefore:-The negative publicity that aims at discouraging the procurement of these aircrafts and their actual arrival in Uganda is unfounded and misinformed.
The Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura and the management of the Uganda Police Force remain committed to building a more professional and well equipped police force to deal with the ever changing societal dynamics.
The Uganda Police Force commends all individuals, institutions and governments that have partnered with us to engineer and promote an effective, efficient and pro-people policing strategy in Uganda.
SSP Namaye Polly, Deputy PRO
NOTE: Social media critic, Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, had it that Kayihura had “pocketed $11 million in a helicopter deal with a Polish company SWIDNIK.
The deal was made last year to deliver 4 helicopters, three of them of the model GrandNew and the fourth a W-3A Sokol.
The three GrandNew go for 2 million dollars each, and the w-3A Sokol go for 8 million dollars making a total of 14m dollars.
Kale Kayihura forged papers and requisitioned and received 25 million dollars for the purchase and pocketed the 11 million dollars.
In March of this year, Kayihura together with a high ranking police officer a one Amos Ngabirano travelled to the Italian city of Vergiate, where the choppers are being assembled and sealed the deal.
The choppers are due to arrive shortly into the country to be used in harassing the population in the electioneering time”.