SCANDAL | Uganda Police will spend the festive season wiping away eggs from the face of the Force after it reported own bus missing.
In an internal memo sent to all top cops across the country, Godfrey Bangirana, the directorate of engineering and logistics — under whose docket police vehicles fall — said the bus could have been stolen.
The bus Registration Number UP 5484 was reported missing since Sunday afternoon, Bangirana said in the memo sent out to Traffic and Road Safety director Stephen Kasiima, all district police commanders, all regional police commanders and all units.
AIGP Bangirana revealed that the bus was last seen on Northern Bypass at around 1pm but that the driver, only identified as Corporal Mwase, is presumed to be on the run as efforts to contact him have been futile.
It is inconceivable that any one can steal a police vehicle and the news of the missing bus has sent questions flying with some wondering if it could be a case of an officer taking the public property into private use during festive season.
Seasons like this are very demanding on public officials with access to public vehicles and such a bus could have ended up transporting people to different ceremonies such as kwanjula (giveaway) or even weddings.
A senior police officer who did not want to be named told this news website that in such an event, the errant officer would not record the particulars of the bus and return it with excuses.
However, whatever the case, Police will have to do a lot of damage control to redeem its image in the face of public criticism over the bus scandal.
Bangirana directed traffic officers to be on the lookout for the missing bus and arrest the driver with all occupants of the bus on sight.
He also directed that Corp Mwase should be hunted down and the bus impounded.
The Head of Operations, Asuman Mugyenyi, has been ordered to coordinate the efforts to recover the missing bus.