The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola directed the police forces to be wearing similar uniform effective next financial year despite serving under different units of police forces
Sources within police informed us that the directive was issued after members of public accused certain group of police putting on unique uniforms as the ones who are torturing civilians.
“Some uniform colors have become dangerous to the public and when people see them, they call them killers which gives bad image to police,” An officer who preffered not to be named said.
Another officer said the FFU uniform has tarnished the images of Uganda Police Forces because whenever the public spot any officers wearing it, they get scared even if officers are going for their normal deployment.
Former Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura introduced different uniforms colours for each unit of police for example traffic officers put on white, counter terrorism put on black, Field Force Unit put on one with blue spots and while commonly known as madowadowa among others.
The complaints from the general public forced IGP Ochola to direct all police officers to go back to its original uniform which is Kaki.
It is said that Ochola has already instructed all quarter masters and logistics directorate to start preparations for only making khaki uniform starting from the next financial year.
The sources further intimidated that the police will only put on khaki uniform bearing a small strip on the left side indicating the department each officer belongs.
“If you are in traffic department, you will be putting on Khaki uniform with a white strip on your left arm,” a source quoted Ochola as saying.
He also urged that single uniforms will safe the police forces huge amounts of money as it is less costly compared to multiple uniforms.
“We are spending a lot on purchasing different types of uniforms yet the institution is one, we must go back to our mother uniform to reduce on expenditure,” said police chief.
“We used to have single uniform in old police and we had a lot of units and we were doing our work effectively,” added Ochola.
This is the latest change that has been made by the new Inspector General of Police who took over from Kale Kayihura few months ago.