He was speaking to officers from Bukwo, Kween and Kapchorwa on Thursday. Kasingye had began his rectification and ideological orientation tour in the Sipi policing region. He warned that the force is now going to be strict on issues to do with corruption.
“We are now having a zero-tolerance policy on corruption. If any officer is implicated in bribery and other corruption-related incidents, you will not be transferred to another district as it was before. We are going to try you and if found culpable, we shall dismiss you from Police,” Kasingye warned.
In other cases, officers, especially those from traffic demand money from members of the public. They do this before releasing their impounded vehicles. As well as to set free those implicated over several offences.
“If we ensure discipline and avoid corruption, I have no doubt that we are going to change the image of the police force. Into what Ugandans expect of us. We are emphasizing the tenets of the community policing program. This is where the police should be in touch with the public that we serve,” Kasingye told officers.
Asan Kasingye also insisted that police officers should reach out to the communities. They should listen to their problems in a bid to find a solution.
According to Kasingye, as the force’s Chief Political Commissar, he will therefore move to all police units in the country to understand the conditions under which the officers are serving. He will then bring some of their concerns to the police management for redress.
This development comes at the backdrop of a warning by President Museveni for the umpteenth time against corruption by police officers.
Museveni also said he will not entertain corruption in the law and order enforcement body.
“In the recent rankings, police took the cup of corruption. You scored 70% in corruption and that means you got a distinction. Corruption in the Police Force should stop,” Museveni said.
The president’s remarks on corruption came after a report by the Inspectorate of Government and Uganda Bureau of Statistics that ranked the police as the most corrupt government institution.
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