The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, vows to investigate the discrepancy between funds allocated to the Uganda Police Force by government and the money that is actually received.
Reacting to a new report by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, which claims that the police haven't received the actual money allocated to the force since 1999, Kayihura says the inconsistency is a matter of grave concern, which will be investigated very soon.
The report by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative titled iA Review of Uganda Police Force Budget and its Effect on Crime Managementi was released in Kampala last week. It examined the Uganda's budget allocations between 1999 and 2004.
The report indicates that within the period researched, the police didn't receive adequate funding for crime prevention and management. It claims that there is a direct relationship between the poor police funding and increased crime in Uganda.
Kayihura agrees that the low funding has impeded the implementation of many police operations. He says relief for the police may come in form of grants from the Northern Uganda Social Action Plan and the Commonwealth Summit committee.
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The Commonwealth report claims that while the population is growing at 3.4 percent annually, the number police personnel has been declining at a rate of 3 percent. The number of citizens per police officer is continuing to rise way above the international target of one officer per 600 people.
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