and Catherine Bekunda
THE Police Force requires sh1.3 trillion to construct houses for its officers, the internal affairs minister has said.
Matia Kasaija said the ministry cannot construct houses for all its officers due to budget constraints.
â€œWe are aware that the accommodation facilities for our forces are not the best in the country. It is not because we are unwilling, but we lack the funds.â€
He, however, said despite limited resources, several structures had been put up, while others are ongoing and a number are planned.
Kasaija made the disclosure on Monday while responding to a concern by MPs on the state of accommodation for Police and Prisons officers.
MPs Willy Anokbonggo (UPC), Denis Obua (NRM) Abdu Katuntu (FDC) and Kassiano Wadri (FDC) observed that many Police officers live in poor structures.
â€œIs the minister aware that Police and Prisons officers reside in dilapidated structures? Does the Government have any plan to rehabilitate these old buildings?â€ Obuwa asked. He said most of the houses were constructed during the colonial period.
Katuntu noted that some married officers share rooms with their children.
Kasaija explained that the Kampala Metropolitan Police would initially get 11,000 units, adding that the housing project would later spread to the rest of the country.
He added that a total of 420 unipots were being put up and would be completed by the end of next month.
The Government has also embarked on the construction of barracks, with four blocks completed in Ntinda and Ntungamo district.
Police need sh1.3 trillion for houses