Ugandan gov’t approves 9% of required police investigation funds

Ugandan gov't approves 9% of required police investigation funds
IGP Okoth Ochola (R) shares a light moment with his deputy Brig Sabiti Muzei (L).

The Finance Ministry has allocated the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence only Shillings 9 billion out of the required Shillings 114 billion for investigations in the next Financial year.

According to the Uganda Police Force policy statement, an average of 100,000 cases are reported and investigated annually. 40,000 of these are capital offenses. On average investigating a single capital offense costs Shillings 2.1million while a misdemeanor investigation costs between Shillings 100,000 and 500,000.

With the allocated Shillings 9billion, detectives can only investigate 4,286 cases at the cost of Shillings 2.1million leaving a deficit of 35,714 capital offenses and 60,000 cases of misdemeanor. While defending the budget request, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola said, “CID requires on average Shillings 105 billion more to facilitate quality investigations.”

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima refused to comment on the matter saying, “of what benefit is publicising this? Imagine if the criminals heard that police does not have money for investigations?.”

However, a detective who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity attributed the lack of funds to extortion and failure to handle investigations thoroughly.

“When you come and report your case, we tell you that we don’t have fuel or any money to do the investigation. When we ask for facilitation, you say we are extorting. How do you expect us to move to the scene, look for witnesses and many other things when we are not given money for the investigations,” the detective said.

Adding that, “This is not new. CID is the least funded Directorate and yet everyone expects a lot from us.” During the reign of the former IGP, Kale Kayihura, high profile investigations were handled under his office and funded under the classified account leaving the CID budget for other investigations.

The high profile cases included armed robberies, assassinations, illegal possession of fire arms, kidnap and motor vehicle thefts among others. During his first two weeks in office, Ochola returned all units that were operating under the office of the IGP to their mother Directorates.

These include the Flying Squad Unit and the Special investigations management unit, which were returned to the Directorate of Criminal investigations.

This means, the Flying Squad unit, Special Investigations Division, Homicide, Economic Fraud, Land Protection Police Unit, local Government fraud, Government projects and Missions among many department and units in CID will share the approved Shillings 9 billion.

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