Construction work on the four storied Nateete police station has finally commenced putting an end to the embarrassment that had dogged the Uganda Police Force for close to three years.
Nateete police station was burnt and destroyed during the Buganda riots in September 2009. Groups of youth protested after Government blocked the Kabaka of Buganda from traveling to Bugerere. They attacked the police station, overpowered officers, released suspects and set cars and police files on fire.
After the riots, there have been attempts to reconstruct Nateete police station including one that was commissioned by Former Internal Affairs Minister, Kirunda Kivejinja when he promised to built the station in 100 days using pre-fabricated materials which never materialized.
A visit to the station on Thursday however showed the construction of the four storied building is already underway with officers from the Police construction unit struggling to dig up foundations to erect a concrete base on which pillars will be cast.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, the Director of Police Non Human Resource, Godfrey Bangirana said police was doing the construction itself and hopes to have finished with laying a proper foundation for the structure by December.
Progress on construction works has been delayed by rains which occasionally fill up the ten foot holes into which the concrete bases have to be erected leaving the team to pump out water before work continues.
When complete the U-shaped building will be the headquarters of the Kampala Metropolitan Southern Region police headquarters.
At the site, police have their own concrete mixers, a block making machine and assorted iron bars in various sizes for the construction.
Since the area is water logged police have had to ferry a lot of marrum to put on the site above the Masaka road.
Policemen working at police station and their families were all moved into makeshift iron-sheet structures for accommodation and one classroom-like office.
Bangirana acknowledged the fact that the site was water logged which has delayed work and will cost police more.
He could not ascertain how much it would cost police to put up the building adding that all the materials are being acquired through framework contracts in which police would pay for the materials later.