AIGP Kasingye to police officers in elections
Kasingye made the remarks during the closing ceremony of Community Liaison and Political Commissar officers at CID Headquarters Kibuli on 8th January 2021. FILE PHOTO

AIGP Kasingye has urged police officers countrywide to observe professionalism in the implementation of their duties.

As the country gears up for its presidential elections, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Asan Kasingye has urged police officers countrywide to observe professionalism in the implementation of their duties.

Kasingye made the remarks during the closing ceremony of Community Liaison and Political Commissar officers at CID Headquarters Kibuli on 8th January 2021 where a total of 47 officers benefited from a two weeks training that commenced on 28th December 2020.

The Officers from different regions and divisions across the country were equipped with knowledge in legal aspects of Community policing, ethical conducts of law enforcement, electoral and Political offences, ideological orientation, community policing as a crime prevention strategy and conflict resolution and management.

Speaking after the training, Kasingye said that the election period comes at the right time to test the officer’s professionalism as a result, he advised them to exercise their duties following the institutional codes of conduct.

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“Adhere to Professionalism while exercising your duties in accordance with the institutional code of conduct. Transparency and accountability is key for the decisions you take and is a must if you are to achieve results,” Kasingye said.

The Chief Political Commissar (CPC) director in Uganda Police also called upon all officers to be transparent while they carry out their day to day duties. 

Kasingye told officers at the training to serve fairly without discriminating any citizens on grounds of gender, race, colour religion and region.

“Observe maximum honesty, openness in conducting official business, commitment to the constitution of the Republic of Uganda and other government laws as you serve our people without discrimination of gender,race,colour religion and region,” he added.

He, however, reminded the general public to also be compliant to the guidelines including the latest directive from the Electoral Commission to have each voter depart the polling station immediately after casting their votes.

“People must exercise their right to vote and go home safely.Make sure you observe Professionalism. This is the time when police is put on test. Everyone is watching you. Don’t go and relax, put in extra effort to make sure we secure our country in a peaceful manner.”

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Meanwhile, this comes at a time when Martin Okoth Ochola the Inspector General of Police last week stressed that they have deployed heavily to ensure that the elections are held peacefully.

AIGP Kasingye to police officers in elections
Kasingye made the remarks during the closing ceremony of Community Liaison and Political Commissar officers at CID Headquarters Kibuli on 8th January 2021. FILE PHOTO

In a statement released Friday, Ochola hinted that they reacted in time after receiving information about some party groups that are planning to go on strike if the results from the elections do not go their way.

“We are aware of some candidates, who even without evidence are already questioning the outcome of the Elections. Therefore, if such candidates lose, some of their supporters who strongly believe in them are planning on holding disruptive and violent demonstrations and riots, civil unrests, and foreign disinformation campaigns,” part of Ochola’s statement read.

“In addition, despite the Electoral Commission guidelines on polling day, some candidates are urging their supporters to go in large numbers to monitor the Polling Centres on false claims of Election fraud. There is no evidence of voter fraud, but some politicians are using the propaganda to incite violence based on these false claims,” it added.