Uganda Police Force has received three acres of land in Lwengo district for the establishment of permanent premises in the area. The land was procured by members of the Lwengo district business community, to have a police station built in the area. The business people have gone ahead to construct the buildings that will serve as the police station.
The land, which is found in Kingo Sub County, was procured by members of the Lwengo district business community, to have a police station built in the area.
It was officially handed over to Paul Wataka, the Lwengo district Police Commander on Monday.
Robert Asiimwe, the business community chairperson, says that they resolved to donate the land for the construction of a police station to improve security in the area. The businessmen had continually complained that insecurity had become a major problem.
Asiimwe says that they procured the piece of land at 13 million shillings, and subsequently transferred the land title to the institution of the Uganda Police Force.
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In addition they have also embarked on erecting the station where the police will work from. Asiimwe explains that they decided to build the structures because police might not be financially able to embark on building the outpost immediately.
Asiimwe says by building permanent homes for the police in the area, officers will not be able to complain that they do not have where to live.
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George Mutabazi, the Lwengo District LC V chairperson, welcomed initiative saying police in the area would encourage more people to do business sure their security is guaranteed.
He says that the donation of the land for the establishment of such a facility shows that residents are fed up of insecurity in their area and want to settle down for development.
Mutabazi also appeals to the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to provide the district with more permanent manpower and security hardware to improve security in the area.
According to sources within police, IGP General Kale Kayihura had asked the district leadership to find capable people or groups willing to donate land for the establishment of modern police structures that will not only address the local demand but improve on the public-Police relationship.
Paul Wataka, the Lwengo DPC, reveals that police in Lwengo district operates 20 Police posts and three stations. However, Police is renting in all their premises and owe large rent arrears.