One of the police choppers purchased last year

The Uganda Police Force has ordered for a heavy duty helicopter for the operations of the Inspector General of Police.

According to credible sources within security that preferred anonymity, the chopper, to help ease the movement and operations of the IGP General Kale Kayihura, is to be in the country before February 12.

At Naguru police headquarters, construction works are ongoing at the Helipad, just a few metres from the new building.

But when contacted for comment, Police publicist Fred Enanga said police hasn’t bought any helicopter specifically for the IGP.

“There has been no purchase of a chopper for the IGP; the ones available are police choppers,” Enanga said in a phone interview earlier.

Asked why the force was constructing a helipad at its Naguru-based headquarters Enanga said: “The place was soft and could easily sink in and that is why you are seeing that digging, we are constructing a helipad.”

Police last year procured two helicopters from Italy.

Since 2010, the Force has had no functioning helicopter after one transporting former Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi, crashed in Bugiri.

The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) compensated the police to the tune of Shs8 billion and that was part of the money used to purchase the two choppers.