Tag Archives: Uganda

Ugandan mission in Somalia commended

This article reports the conclusion of a 1-year deployment of 160 Ugandan police to Somalia under the auspices of the African Union. The unit “worked on securing vital government installations, explosives disposal, securing Mogadishu during the holy month of Ramadan, … Continue reading

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Bribes still common in Uganda

This article reports that 60% of Ugandans who had police contact in the last year paid a bribe, according to a 2017 public survey. Most often the bribe was directly requested by the police in order to provide assistance, speed … Continue reading

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Unsolved murders in Uganda

This article reports a series of unsolved murders in Uganda of current and former high-profile religious, political, and police officials. According to sources, investigative units have suffered in recent years from political interference, questionable personnel assignments, and severe lack of … Continue reading

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Call for serious reform in Uganda

This column reviews a pattern of police abuses in Uganda including torture and forced confessions and calls for “serious, not symbolic” reform. New police leadership took office in March with a reform mandate but several recent steps, such as re-opening … Continue reading

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Vigilantes in Africa

This report discusses the “double-edged sword” of vigilantes in conflict zones and counter-insurgencies in Africa. Typically local residents, they often provide better security than official state institutions but may operate outside the rule of law, plus later demobilization and reintegration … Continue reading

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Police executive development in Africa

This article reports completion of the 5th Police Senior Command and Staff Course, a 1-year program hosted by the Rwanda National Police College, with 26 graduates representing 10 countries. According to the college’s commandant, “The ultimate goal is to prepare … Continue reading

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Torture alleged in Uganda

This editorial calls for investigation into two recent cases in Uganda in which groups of defendants brought to court were suffering from apparent physical abuse by police, emphasizing that “it is … not right for the police to take the law into … Continue reading

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Ugandan specialist officers sent for retraining

All members of Uganda’s “Flying Squad” anti-crime unit have been sent for retraining following complaints of corruption and torture. According to this article, the unit’s name has changed several times over the last 15 years while assignment and training practices … Continue reading

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Police most corrupt in Uganda

This article reports that a recent survey of 10,000 Ugandans rated the police the most corrupt government institution in the country, consistent with earlier surveys and a 2012 inspectorate report.

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Harmonizing police training in East Africa

This article reports an agreement among several countries in East Africa to harmonize their police training curricula in order to facilitate joint investigations and other regional security initiatives.

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