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Tension at Police headquarters after AIGP Kasingye tests positive


Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The race to get ‘contacts’ has started at Naguru Police headquarters after the Chief Political Commissar of Police, AIGP Asan Kasingye has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

AIGP Kasingye confirmed on Sunday afternoon through a tweet that he had tested positive for the virus. “Bad news. I’ve tested positive with Covid-19,” Kasingye tweeted.

Sources at police headquarters told Uganda Radio Network – URN on Sunday afternoon that tension is high as people who were in contact with AIGP Kasingye in the last one week are being traced for testing.

Kasingye who is known for attending all major police functions on Friday missed the pass out of 4,809 police trainees at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi District.

Sources said Kasingye missed the pass out because he was feeling unwell. He was last seen at police headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. “He was feeling unwell and he decided to stay home. He later decided to test for COVID-19 and results are now positive,” said a source.

Kasingye, according to senior police officers at Naguru, of recent has been meeting a number of people among others police officers, civilians and people donating items to the police force.

“The IGP assigned him to handle all people who want to meet him. Since COVID-19 outbreak, IGP restricted access to his office except police directors. We suspect he got COVID-19 from some of the people donating items to police who he has been meeting on behalf of the IGP,” said another source.

Some of the people Kasingye met recently include UNICEF team that donated Personal Protective Equipment.

Deputy Police Spokesperson, Polly Namaye, confirmed receipt of UNICEF’s PPEs in a statement released last week.

“Today 13th August 2020, Uganda Police Force received personal Protection Equipment from UNICEF in a scientific function held at Police Headquarters, Naguru. The function was presided over by the Director CPC AIGP Asan Kasingye on behalf of the Inspector General of Police,” said Namaye.

UNICEF PPEs to police force included sanitizers, liquid soap, spraying pumps and buckets. The UNICEF team was represented by Augustine Wasago and Ms Deborah Gasana.

AIGP Kasingye extoled UNICEF for the continued support to police in ensuring protection of Rights of Children. The CPC observed that UNICEF support has enabled the police force to fight child related crimes such as child abuse, desertion, sexual violence, child neglect and torture.

Police and other staff at police headquarters were not sure whether tomorrow they will report for work or the headquarters will be restricted for the time being.

Kasingye reportedly attended last week’s Policy Advisory Committee -PAC chaired by Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola.

However, this week’s PAC was cancelled as directors had traveled to Kabalye PTS for the pass-out. It is not known how many people interacted with AIGP Kasingye since he is very social person and given the nature of his office where he interacts with many people.

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