The Parliamentary Committee on human rights has urged the police leadership to urgently demolish houses used by Mobile police officers in Hoima district, saying the structures pose a risk to the officers and their property.
While on a fact finding mission recently, the committee led by Jovah Kamateka, who is also the Mitooma Woman MP, said officers and their families are staying a dehumanizing state and hence called for an urgent address to the problem by demolishing dilapidated structures.
Kamateka who was accompanied by other committee members who included:Maracha Woman representative, Rose Ayaka Atim, Gulu Municipality, Lyandro Komakech, Kaberamaido,Veronica Eragu, among others also toured mid-west Bunyoro region to assess human rights situations in police detention centers, prisons and other areas.
MPs got shocked to see police officers leaving in dilapidated units made of grass and mud with poorly wired electric cables that could catch fire any time and lead to the death of officers and families.
The MPs wondered how the officers can be able to investigate crime, when they live in such undesired houses with only one toilet.
They noted that the housing condition of the officers is so degrading and inhuman to be used by people, therefore call upon the inspector general of Police, Kale Kayihura, to quickly construct better accommodation for them.
They said government should demolish the houses immediately to avoid fire break out on the officers, if government really appreciates their service to the nation, otherwise the police station should be closed.