Three police officers are in trouble over attempted escape from a refresher training course. The officers were arrested while attempting to escape from Kigo Marine Base in Wakiso where Police Officers from Kampala Metropolitan Area have been undergoing a two-month basic security management training course.
Speaking during the pass out of the 609 police officers on Saturday, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Frank Mwesigwa said the officers were caught after they had abandoned guns trying to escape. The unnamed officers were immediately discontinued from the course, but Mwesigwa says this is not enough adding that disciplinary action must be taken against them.
“Definitely action must be taken, because if we don’t address some of these mistakes here that’s what is going to happen in future, someone is armed with a rifle and then from nowhere it’s missing and you cannot justify how,” Mwesigwa said.
It’s not clear why the officers were running away, but some of the finalists narrated how tough the training was. Edgar Kulayigye, the course elder revealed that because of the thorough training, he had even lost weight. “I came here weighing 100kgs, but I am now 92,” he revealed.
The officers were trained in military drills, martial arts, weapon maintenance, public order management, marksmanship and political education.
DIGP Muzeyi Speaks out
Officiating at the pass out new Deputy Inspector General of Police Brig Sabiiti Muzeeyi said such refresher trainings will be much supported in the professionalization of the Force. He said those not ready for such trainings will have no space in police.
“Such officers who escape from training and abandon guns will have no place in the Uganda Police Force, because they don’t add value,” the new Deputy IGP emphasized.
The Uganda Police Council recently passed a resolution requiring each of the directorates to do refresher trainings for their officers to build their capacities in the changing crime world.
Militarisation of police
Meanwhile Brigadier Sabiiti said police must be militarized,if they are to effectively deal with the changing crime trend.
Brig Sabiiti, a former commander of the military police and deputy commander of the special forces command said he doesn’t know the difference between police and the army.
Brig Sabiiti replaced Martin Okoth Ochola who was appointed IGP, replacing Gen Kale Kayihura.
“People asking why we are militarizing police…I don’t know the difference between police and army. We have terrorism, we have violent criminals and the first line of defence is police,” Brig Sabiiti Muzeeyi said.