Uganda police has evicted its own officers from Naguru barracks in Kampala and sent them to the “most dilapidated” quarter in the country.
According to the new police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the over 300 cops and their families were ejected from the barracks on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
Kaweesi, also the Director of Human Resource Development said the evictions were “genuine and timely” in streamlining the barracks operations.
He says the barracks was full of widows, widowers, private security guards and adult relatives of police officers.
Evicted officers, on the other hand, accuse police management of being unfair by sending them to Busunju Barracks located in Mityana District yet its the most dilapidated quarter in Uganda.
Kaweesi said they have been demolishing all illegal structures in the barracks to create construction space and also for the security of our personnel in these barracks.
He says police even gave transport to the officers, adding that most of them had already been transferred to other areas.
Police in May this year announced a plan to construct over 10,000 new housing units to modern standards under a private public partnership scheme.
This came after several officers in the barracks of Nsambya, Kireka, and Naguru were evicted from their homes.
Then Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said the standards of accommodation especially in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area had lagged behind officers’ expectations in terms of conditions majorly due to the underfunding of the accommodation budget.
Enanga said the first phase of the project at Naguru police barracks, involved further relocation and decongestion of officers to pave way for the construction of 1,024 apartments in Naguru (128 3-bedrooms and 896 2-bedrooms).
He said the project that had all along been delayed by lack of an enabling public private partnership law since 2013, when the first batch of officers was relocated to Busunju and Bombo barracks, is expected to commence in June 2016.