Legislators have been shocked by the failure by Police to block or evict encroachers on its land in different parts of the country.
Surprisingly, elsewhere Police has been at the forefront in assisting the eviction of persons encroaching on other government and private land.
In his reports of the financial yeas 2015/2016, the Auditor General cited the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) as one of the encroachers on Police land in Tororo.
Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (Central Government) is currently considering the two reports of the Auditor General. On Wednesday, 17 October 2018 a team led by Director Criminal Investigations and Crime Intelligence, AIGP Grace Akullo, appeared before the Committee chaired by Angelline Osegge (FDC, Soroti district).
“Tororo Police Station land was encroached on by NSSF, while Natete Police Station land was encroached on by 65 illegal occupants,” noted Elly Elias Asiku (NRM, Koboko North), adding that “How will you explain your inability to act on people encroaching on your land?”
Akullo said that it was difficult to engage or evict people or firms that had encroached on Police land, saying court cases dragged progress of evictions.
“Sometimes we find when some people have erected buildings on Police land. It takes a civil court case to get such people off the land, a process that can also take long,” she said.