Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba who is the police’s chief Joint staff has warned force’s commanders to ensure respect for human rights against citizens or else there won’t be any compromise on those disregarding police directives.
Maj Gen Bakasumba was on Friday speaking during the pass out of 43 commanders who had just completed a four month intermediate command and staff course at the Police Senior Command and Staff College in Bwebajja, along Entebbe road in Wakiso district.
‘‘We expect better service delivery and command from you. We expect you to add value to the institution. Observe promote and protect human rights but above all, no torture is allowed,”Bakasumba said.
The Police’s Chief of Joint Staff told the commanders that the training they have got should be applied while conducting their day to day work for the force.
“This course exposed you to various leadership and management practices that we demand that you apply investigative and intelligence skills, plan and conduct police operations, develop and apply leaders and management best practices.” He said.
The Police director in charge of Human Resource Development, AIGP Godfrey Golooba told the trainees that the training has not only given the officers a foundation but also dealt some depth in what is expected of them as commanders.
“There is quite an outcry among the public about corruption and is hinged on attitude and discipline of the force. I urge you that you should remain disciplined. You must be models for your subordinates. Desist from any bad tendencies,”Golooba said.
“It was incumbent on us to ensure that we take you through human rights modules that you will apply in your day to day service. The training you have got will go a long way in changing your behaviour to become good persons.” He added.
He however urged the public to always respect police officers while carrying out their duties to avoid scuffles between the two.
President Museveni also passed a warning to security forces to stop torture and any forms of human rights violations in his previous address on country’s security situation.
He said torture and any other forms of human right violations would reverse the gains of the struggle and what forced the NRA to go to the bush for five years to liberate the country.
“Nobody should be in the uniform of the army or police when he does not respect the interests of Ugandans’’, president museveni said while addressing the nation on security.