Parliament Raises Red Flag on Police Cadet Recruitment

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The directive followed complaints from several legislators that the recruitment process was marred by discrimination, while some districts were left out of the process.

Parliament has directed the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Aronda Nyakairima to explain irregularities in the recent recruitment of cadets in the Police force.

The directive followed complaints from several legislators that the recruitment process was marred by discrimination, while some districts were left out of the process.

Last year, Police advertised for positions of Cadet Assistant Superintendents (C/ASP) and Probationer Police Constables (PPC).  The advertisement was followed by a nationwide recruitment drive whose shortlisted candidates are expected to report to the Police Training School in Kabalye on June 1.

Buyende Woman MP Veronica Babirye said that all the 20 recruits considered for final recruitment on her districts quota do not originate from there.
 
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Wafula Oguttu, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament said that the recruitment in Police has for years been flawed. He suggested that the recruitment exercise is halted until a probe is conducted.
 
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However, the acting Leader of government business Gen. Moses Ali said the process had been concluded and cannot be stopped. He however admitted that there have been similar complaints across the country.
 
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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga noted that this is not the first time that such a matter is being raised on the recruitment process and tasked government to explain the anomaly.
 
Gen.  Aronda is expected to make a statement before the parliament today.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.