Three officers attached to Kalagala police station in Kalagala sub-county in Bombo, Luweero district have been suspended over indiscipline and absconding from duty.
According to Police Political Commissar, Asan Kasingye, the Officer-in-charge (O.C) of Kalagala Police Station, Christine Birabwa, Louis Adirubo and Norah Namirembe, have been referred to the Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) for investigation and disciplinary action.
The three are said to have absconded from work for months without the permission of their Seniors, leaving the police station under-served.
Their suspension follows an exercise headed by AIGP Asan Kasingye to clean up the police force as well as sensitizing locals on the ‘Mayumba Kumi’ community policing campaign.
It is part of a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura together with the Police Political Commissar aimed at strengthening police structures from the lowest (subcounty) level.
If follows the visit by IGP in Luweero district last week where he directed that units from the Political Commissar’s offices, Land and Police Professional Standards deploy in the district to ensure that officers were working in line with the orders.
The Police Spokesperson for Savana Region, Paul Kangave told SoftPower News that when the team did a spot check at Kalagala Police post, they discovered that there was a big problem.
“The O.C had abandoned the station for three months and gone for further studies. Out of the 4 officers supposed to be at the post, there was only one,” Kangave told this website.
The three officers who were absent from duty were suspended and have been subjected to an investigation that will be focusing on among other issues, corruption.
“The IGP left a team from PSU and gave them instructions to listen to people’s complaints from the whole district including corruption after which he would take action. PSU is still handling that issue and they haven’t submitted the report to the IGP,” Paul Kangave said.
The Police has in recent months faced sharp criticism from the public for its perceived infiltration by rogue elements and failure to crackdown on increasing cases of crime. The latest campaign might be an attempt to redeem its trust.