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Policemen in Uganda use forged documents to join the force

21 November 2014, 10:30 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - A good number of policemen in Uganda allegedly used forged documents to join the police force.               

The Parliament Committee on Legal and Parliamentary affairs chaired by Stephen Tashobya has given the management  of police led by the deputy Inspector General of police Stephen Ochora Okoth a deadline of one month to investigate the Inspector General's report saying that some of its officers forged their certificates to join the force.

Okoth had appeared before the Committee to respond to reports  by the inspectorate of government from 2007-2013 on alleged use of forged academic documents by some policemen to join the force.

The preliminary investigations are targeting four policemen, including one police constable who is stationed at Kabalore police station in western Uganda.

''He presented documents belonging to someone who studied at Bishop Secondary School under index number U0055/049 for O level and others with index number U0055/517 for advanced level, the chairperson of the committee Stephen Tasobya said.

However, the Committee wondered why the force has taken long to investigate the matter yet the Inspector General of Government raised the compliant in 2007.

''Why has police not followed the law in responding to the matter raised by Inspector General of Government?'' posed Tashobya.

Tashobya said the Committee has now given police management a deadline of one month to finish the investigation and have the officers behind the impersonation charged in courts of law.

Probably, that is the reason why there is a lot of corruption in the police force. If someone enters the force fraudulently, how do you expect him to fight against corruption?'' wondered  Kampala-based lawyer, Julius Mwadha.

Every year, the Ugandan police force is voted as the most corrupt institution in the country.

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