After the recruitment of more UPDF officers to head the Police force, Police is now beginning a countrywide recruitment drive of 1,000 officers, comprising Assistant Inspectors of Police (AIP) and constables on July 26. The exercise will end on August 4. The Police’s outgoing director for human resource and administration, Moses Balimwoyo, revealed on Tuesday that teams of senior officers to oversee the exercise had been formed.
The recruitment is aimed at having the necessary manpower to contain the People Power wave ahead of the 2021 elections. Our sources within the police force said that in the past months, POlice bosses and the NRM leadership have held discussions on how best they could curb the people power wave. The NRM bosses are reportedly feeling uneasy over the rising tide of people power and they believe that if not contained, they will sweep NRM out of power.
The police bosses suggested that they need a bigger budget and more manpower if they are to pull this off. It was also suggested that they beef up the police with army men who will be dressed in police attire so as to avoid a backlash from international bodies. Sources intimate that NRM bosses okayed this move and that the recently announced recruitment of officers is part of this plan.
In the advert placed in the media, Balimwoyo indicated that applicants for the first 500 vacancies will be required to have a diploma from a recognized institution. All applicants must be aged between 20 and 25 years. In the second category of probation Police constables, they intend to recruit 500 personnel. The applicants who must be aged between 18 and 22 years must have a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with five credits including in English and mathematics. University graduates have been barred from applying.
Other conditions are that the applicant must submit handwritten applications accompanied by original and photocopies of academic documents, identity cards of their former academic institution, three passport size photographs and recommendation letters from Local Councils 1, 2 and 3 as well as a letter from one’s respective RDC.