The Uganda Police Force has authorized retirement of 103 officers over issues related to their health that cannot enable them continue serving the force.
In a message signed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Emmanuel Muheirwe, the group to retire includes one Assistant Superintendent of Police, five Inspectors, 13 Assistant Inspectors, 21 Sergeants, 24 Corporals and 39 Constables who have been approved by the Directors of Human Resource Management and Welfare for retired on medical grounds.
“The underlisted personnel were recommended for retirement on medical grounds. They are to appear before the government medical board from Tuesday, December,17 to Friday, December 20, 2019 at Mulago national referral hospital department of the orthopedic library,” the message reads in part.
The officers were asked to report with their warrant cards, forwarding letters from their unit commanders, documents authorizing their previous sick leave taken and any other documents including doctors’ treatment notes and prescriptions.
A number of police officers have fallen sick while serving the force but whereas a number of them have got treated, others have died during the course of their service to the force.
Three months ago, a Ugandan police officer died under mysterious circumstances while serving in Somalia under the AMISOM.
According to a statement released by AIGP Grace Turyagumanawe, the Police director in charge of Peace Support Operations, AIP Edward Bagonza was found dead at his residence in Mogadishu.
Following his appointment as Inspector General of Police last year, Martin Okoth Ochola ordered for a headcount in Uganda Police Force to establish the actual number of serving officers countrywide as one of the ways to professionalize it but also know which officers are still capable of serving the force.
His predecessor Gen.Kale Kayihura had indicated that the force was having a total of 43000 officers but many had dismissed the number as being inflated.
Police this year recruited 5000 officers at the rank of Probation Police Constables and Learner Assistant Inspectors as one of the ways to fill the gap of those who have retired, died or even left the force unofficially.
The new recruits are still undergoing training at Kabalye in Masindi district.