By Peter Simon in Canada
Most of our police men and women are actually good and descent people, only a few criminals have spoiled the police institution. I have good friends, relatives and other people I came to know through my other engagements who are so professionals but when you give thugs police uniforms and guns or you rapidly promote juniors to high ranks without attaining right experience and training for the position, then disaster befalls the institution and the nation but that doesn’t mean that all are bad.
What we need is to reorganize the force, carry out head count and let individuals identify where they trained, who were their squad mates, where did they study and when did their complete their programs etc, which can be verified in many ways and that would help weed out thugs posing as policemen and women police.
I think I have narrated here how those police you abuse made a stellar recovery of my bag containing very sensitive materials in Kampala; I was shocked to see policemen coming to look for a gentleman who had reported theft of his bag, when I reached the station, indeed it was my back, yes they did it so it is wrong to blame the entire force. And not long ago, I visited Uganda and some conman sweet talked me into surrendering Sh.300, 000 and disappeared; I reported the matter to police and after describing the conman’s appearance, the police went into work and I went my way but 3 days later when I returned home, they informed me that they had arrested the guys and true to their word, the conman and his mastermind were behind bars, they apologized but I told them that all I wanted was my money which they paid and I left them with the police.
Yes, some members in police uniforms are unprofessional but it is hard to know whether they are the Uganda Police Force UPF) or Kale Kayihura Police Force (KKPF) personnel because Kale Kayihura could pick thugs and promote them to any rank as he liked ( eg Abudalla Kitatta, Dixon etc.)