Police, in his efforts to end corruption on the force, got rid of about 650 traffic officers.
This was revealed by Dr Stephen Kasiima, the director of traffic, road safety, while commenting on the recent accidents along Masaka-Kampala highway that have claimed close to 32 people in a space of weeks.
Kasiima said the weekend accident along Masaka Road that claimed 21 lives was caused by reckless driving.
Kasiima, who was appearing on NBS television Tuesday morning, said the penalties for those who cause accidents are not punitive.
He said many people who shouldn’t get permits are hurriedly getting them and ending up on the road.
Citing the example of Fred Sekibengo who was found guilty of reckless driving and causing death of Doreen Tashobya, the Entebbe Municipality MP Rose Tumusiime’s daughter, never lost his permit but was only fined Shs4m.
Kasiima said daily, traffic police arrests 1,500 offenders on Ugandan roads including soldiers andpolicemen who are also arrested for reckless driving.
“They [soldiers, policemen] are not immune. We are amending the Road Act to bring heavier penalties for reckless driving. Current penalties not punitive enough. The Road Act is also being amended to better define who has the right of way.”
He said although traffic police is doing a good job, “we can’t deploy everywhere”.
This is when he revealed that the head of police had to let go about 650 officers for taking bribes.
“650 traffic officers were asked to leave over bribery. The vice is still there but it is very difficult to extort,” Kasiima said.
He said the force needs enough equipment asking government to set aside money for this.
“We need to invest in cameras and a command center. Ideally, I would recommend dual carriageways and trains but before all that, we need to live within our means.”