KAMPALA. Police authorities have issued an arrest warrant for 38 officers over absenteeism.
In the message signed by Mr Moses Muluya, the deputy director of police human resource administration, the affected officers include seven sergeants (Sgt), seven corporals (cpl) and 24 police constables (PCs).
“The following officers reported absent without leave (AWOL) by respective units are hereby declared deserters. If seen, they should be arrested and respective unit commanders should be informed,” Mr Muluya’s messages reads in part.
The officers are attached to Mityana District (10), Mayuge District (8), Gomba District (2), Napak District (4), Tourism Unit (2), Field Force Unit (7) and Oil and Gas (1).
Mr Muluya letter was copied to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Grace Akullo, the director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to open desertion files pending arrest of the suspects.
The arrest warrant comes barely a month after police issued an arrest order for 23 officers attached to Flying Squad Unit (FSU) and Special Operations Unit (SOU).
Mr Asan Kasingye, the police spokesperson, cited factors like gaps in supervision, sickness and lust for money as reasons why officers disappear from duty for days without permission.
Mr Kasingye, who is also the chairman of police’s court of appeal, said the penalties for being AWOL range from dismissal, demotion, discharge, reprimand and withholding a third of a month’s salary.
He added that police are still hunting for the nine officers implicated in the torture of suspects in the killing of police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.