The Finance Ministry has allocated the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence only Shs 9 billion out of the required Shs 114 billion for investigations in the next financial year.
According to the Uganda Police Force policy statement, an average of 100,000 cases are reported and investigated annually. About 40,000 of these are capital offences. On average, investigating a single capital offence costs Shs 2.1 million while a misdemeanour investigation costs between Shs 100,000 and Shs 500,000.
With the allocated Shs 9 billion, detectives can only investigate 4,286 cases at the cost of Shs 2.1million leaving a deficit of 35,714 capital offences and 60,000 cases of misdemeanour. While defending the budget request, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochola said, “CID requires on average Shs 105 billion more to facilitate quality investigations.”
Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima refused to comment on the matter saying, “of what benefit is publicising this? Imagine if the criminals heard that police does not have money for investigations?”
However, a detective who spoke to this reporter on condition of anonymity attributed the lack of funds to extortion and failure to handle investigations thoroughly.
“When you come and report your case, we tell you that we don’t have fuel or any money to do the investigation. When we ask for facilitation, you say we are extorting. How do you expect us to move to the scene, look for witnesses and many other things when we are not given money for the investigations?” the detective asked.
He added: “This is not new. CID is the least funded Directorate and yet everyone expects a lot from us.”
During the reign of the former IGP, Kale Kayihura, high profile investigations were handled under his office and funded under the classified account leaving the CID budget for other investigations.
The high profile cases included armed robberies, assassinations, illegal possession of fire arms, kidnap and motor vehicle thefts among others. During his first two weeks in office, Ochola returned all units that were operating under the office of the IGP to their mother Directorates.
These include the Flying Squad Unit and the Special investigations management unit, which were returned to the Directorate of Criminal investigations.
This means, the Flying Squad unit, Special Investigations Division, Homicide, Economic Fraud, Land Protection Police Unit, local Government fraud, Government projects and Missions among many department and units in CID will share the approved Shs 9 billion.