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Over 1,000 police cadets remain on probation for two years as IGG probes recruitment criteria

Over 1100 2015-recruited police cadet officers confirmation to be further investigated.(Courtesy photo)

KAMPALA– Over 1,100 police cadet officers recruited in June 2015 have spent close to two years on probation with less hopes of confirmation.

The delayed confirmation of the officers stalks from the ongoing investigations by the Inspectorate of Government in their recruitment.

According to the Inspectorate of Government Spokesperson Munira Ali, the investigations started in November 2016, after the then Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura passed out the officers from Kabalye Police Training School.

“We are still investigating. We have not yet released a report but we will soon,” said Munira.

Munira revealed that police had advertised 500 slots though more than 1100 officers were recruited.

The investigations also indicate that some of the officers lacked the Bachelor’s degree, the minimum education qualification for the post while others were above 32 years which happens to be the age limit.

The 2015 cadet recruitment was provocative, leading to the annulment of the first short list thus the police management reassessed the list in April 2015.

It is said that each senior police officer had wanted his own people included on the list even though they lacked the necessary qualifications.

It is also allegedly said that State house also had its own people as well as some senior government officials.

This follows the 2015 police promotions that IG investigations indicated was irregular.

Among the officers whose ranks were being investigated was Nixon Agasirwe, the former head of the Police Special Operations Unit who was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) without undergoing Police basic training.

Also under investigations was Jonathan Baroza, the former personal assistant to General Kale Kayihura, Susan Kasirye and Zurah Balimwoyo who were given ranks over and above their deployment.

Munira said the IG is yet to conclude the investigations and issue a report on the cases.

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