The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has asked the Police to work with its counterparts overseas to address human trafficking in Uganda.
Speaker Kadaga said Ugandans are continuing to “travel and explore but get trapped in different countries.”
“We need to address the problem of human trafficking, but we are not getting support from these countries. Our members investigating human trafficking failed to go to Iraq,” said Hon. Kadaga adding
“You need to collaborate with your colleagues from those countries.”
The Speaker today visited Uganda Police headquarters located on Parliament Avenue and met the Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kaihura. Parliament Commissioners, Hon. Jalia Bintu, Hon. Elijah Okupa, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi and Hon. Emmanuel Dombo and the Clerk to Parliament, Mrs. Jane Kibirige accompanied the Speaker for the meeting.
The Speaker said that Parliament has three petitions from three countries about human trafficking.
A Parliament delegation found Ugandans convicted and serving jail terms in Malaysia.
The Speaker thanked Police for its support when Uganda hosted the 126th Inter Parliamentary Union in March this year.
The IGP, Lt. Gen. Kaihura said the visit by the Speaker showed that Parliament valued the Police as an important institution in the country.
He said Police is facing a number of challenges in its fight against crime and ensuring that the country is peaceful and orderly.
He said that the current Police strength of 43,000 was below the internationally recommended ratio of 1:500 people. He said that financial limitations have prevented them from implementing a Cabinet retreat recommendation for Police to recruit 2500 officers every financial year to get to international requirements.
“Our current strength is way short of what the country requires…we are trying to improve the quality of the current force,” Lt. Gen. Kaihura said.
He also said that Police is trying to build systems including community policing, personnel management, traffic management and crime records management – intended to improve their performance.
The IGP appealed to Parliament to enact a law on narcotics and pass the Public Order Management Bill which will improve policing by the Police.