Police Clean Up Part 1: Should Gen. Kale Kayihura remain at the Helm of Uganda Police Force?

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Gen. Kale Kayihura

Opinion: Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura has something in common with yours truly. We both carried aspirations of priesthood as young boys. He is a very energetic gentleman. He takes no prisoners. One thing I like about Gen. KK (as I will refer to him going forward) is his punctuality.

Whenever, a serious offence is committed, he arrives at the scene within not more than 45 minutes, except if the offence is not serious. Such unserious offences include the torching of Park Yard market, demolition of the market, etc… This astuteness with which he goes about his work is admirable to say the least. I like and enjoy watching Gen. KK, the man himself when a mic is placed before him. I particularly enjoy that word he likes most. (Yes, you know it…. nani..,)

In a series of articles, I am going to dig up the facts and share them here with you so that we can all make a case for his continued stay at the helm of the force or call for his retirement in public interest. Yes, I like Gen. KK, the man, but what do the facts say? Here we go!
In the 2015/16 financial year, the budget of the Uganda Police stood at 527.8 billion shillings. In 2003/04 Financial year, the budget of the entire Justice, Law and Order sector, where Uganda Police Force falls stood at a mere 160.7 billion shillings.

This means that for the 12 years that Gen. Kale Kayihura has been at the helm of the Police, he has seen the Uganda Police Budget more than triple what used to be the budget of the entire JLOS! The questions to ask here are many, but let me ask a few.

Has the ordinary Policeman felt this increase in budget? How much of this budget has gone into the improvement of the welfare and living conditions of the policemen and women? What of other critical infrastructure like Fire Trucks, computerized Archiving and case management systems?

A former Police Spokesperson, now Honorable, Judith Nabakooba, (Mityana Woman Member of Parliament and chairing the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee) thinks that Uganda Police Force management will misuse the budget for 2017/18 Financial Year! She may be right after all. In the 2017/18 budget, teargas tops priority on the Uganda Police Budget.

Shs44bn has been earmarked for the purchase of teargas to control crowds.
According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics Sector, Strategic Plan for Statistics for Uganda Police Force (2006/07 – 2010/11), “the statistical process in the Uganda Police is poor, inaccurate, uncoordinated and not time-sensitive”. That is part of the foreword by the IGP, then Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura.

This tells us that, early on in his reign as Inspector General of Police, Gen. KK identified one of the strategic problems facing the force as the ram-shackled statistical processes. We can ask questions to the good General. What has he done in this regard in the last 10 years? A visit to CID will tell you that there is little evidence as the papers are suffocating the humans in offices.

“Rather than spend its limited resources on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of its regular force, UPF appears to be giving greater funding priority to the recruitment and maintenance of auxiliary forces.

This makes it very difficult for it to attain the required balance between development and recurrent spending on its regular force ”, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, 2006, concluded in its review of Uganda Police Force Budget and its effect on crime management. Fast forward to 2014, 2015 and 2016, we witnessed the emergence of Crime Preventers.
Does this make the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative prophets or insinuates that Gen. KK did not read their report or if he did, he treated it with contempt? These are questions we should be asking. The full report is available (http://www.humanrightsinitiative.org/…/po…/uganda_report.pdf)

“The number of crimes reported to Police annually has gradually increased between 2011 and 2014. There was no pronounced change in the number of investigated cases between 2011 and 2014. A similar trend is seen in prosecuted cases during the same period” – UBOS, 2015, Statistical Abstract. (For full report, visit (http://www.ubos.org/…/sta…/Statistical%20Abstract%202015.pdf)

What can we read from this? This means that the administration of Gen. KK has not spotted the seemingly obvious fact that Crime investigation and prosecution is supposed to be among the priorities of the Uganda Police Force if it is to improve on its number one Known Performance Indicator (KPI), i.e. Reduction of crime and/or successful investigation and prosecution of crime.

Recently, when I penned an open letter to Police Officers, Afande Ssenkumbi Ibin faulted me for generalizations and emotions. I took his concern in good faith and I am going specific. First, am saying there is a problem at the top (read IGP) and secondly, am saying that figures don’t lie. In part 2, I will continue with other figures. What we have seen in part 1 suggests that Gen. KK may after all be a poor performer in the Uganda Police Force despite the fact that he is a likeable character to some of us mortals. God save Uganda. We meet in Part II

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