A total of 51 Police officers attached to Makerere University Police station have been replaced in what the Uganda Police Force has termed as “normal transfers”.
In an August 31st, 2019 circular issued by Commissioner of Police-CP, Moses Kafeero, the commandant Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP), 15 General duty officers and an entire Field Force Unit comprising of 36 officers were affected.
Some of the transferred officers are Sergeant Solomon Byaruhanga, Milly Onen, Joseph Biita, Kenneth Kaunda Olanya, Geoffrey Nguka, Francis Bashir Odwee, Hussein Nalugoda, Onesmus Muhumuza, Julius Lule, Joseph Opus, Sunday Okecha, Emmanuel Gateera, Christine Aroma and Susan Atim among others.
As officers at Makerere University insist that this is a normal transfer, our sources have established that the move was made following a request by Prof. William Bazeyo ( Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration). According to Bazeyo, some officers connive with criminals to commit crime.
“Bazeyo’s thinking was that they connive with wrong dwellers in the university and fail to implement the university’s polices,” a source from the university revealed.
The massive transfers have come at a time when the officers attached to the University are being accused of unlawful attempted eviction of Eng. Frank Kitumba, the former Director Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS), Makerere University.
According one of the transferred officers, they had not yet received their six months’ allowances. Makerere University has been paying allowances to all police officers with the lowest ranked officer earning Shillings 10,000 per day, commanders earn between Shillings 15,000 and 20,000.