Uganda Police seek additional funding for investigations

Uganda Police seek additional funding for investigations
Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police. Courtesy Photo.

Government has allocated Uganda Police Force only Shillings 25.9 billion of the Shillings 136 billion required for Criminal Investigations and Intelligence for the 2017/2018 financial year.

As a result, Police is seeking an additional Shillings 111 billion. While appearing in parliament this week, the Police under Secretary, Rogers Muhiirwa, said the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) can’t execute it mandate fully because of under-funding.

According to Muhiirwa, on average the Criminal Investigations Department needs Shillings 2.1 million to complete investigations into capital offences like murder, fraud, robbery, defilement and rape, adding that at least Shillings 105billion is required to handle 50,000 capital offences annually.

He says currently, Crime Intelligence and counter terrorism are allocated Shillings 30 billion, which he says it too little. The Directorate of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations is mandated to ensure effective detection, investigation and prevention of crime.

Police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye, says the police failure to investigate cases due to under-funding undermines their constitutional mandate.

According to Kasingye, criminal investigation is the heart of police, which calls for the allocation of sufficient resources to ensure police achieves its constitutional mandate.

He says allocating the required resources will help resolve the case backlog, which has dodged the criminal justice system in the country.

Kasingye says they need the additional funding to procure vehicles to enable them reach scenes of crime, collect evidence for forensic analysis and allowances for officers.

Early this year, Daily Monitor quoted Felix Ndyomugyenyi, the Deputy Director Human Resource Development Uganda Police, saying the CID department had failed to conclusively investigate 4,000 murders in the last four years due to insufficient funding.