A police officer tries out one of the bikes donated by the Dutch Embassy to the force

Kampala: The inspector general of police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has received two double cabin pickups and eight motorbikes from Dutch funded refugee law project with a motive of stepping up security in the refugee settlement areas.

Currently Uganda is one of the top three countries that opened its doors for refugees. The country is hosting over 1.4 million asylum seekers form Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, south Sudan fleeing due to country’s escalating civil wars that have left hundreds killed and displaced. Of over 1.4 million refugees, it is averred that an estimate of 950,000 people are expected to come from South Sudan.

Speaking at the function, Ochola said donations will be used in policing refugee settlements in Adjumani, Lamwo districts and other parts of northern Uganda that hosts the highest numbers of refugees in Uganda.

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“As Police, we are happy to secure and make contributions to asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, and host communities, it is an important milestone in our collective effort to secure life and property in a committed and professional manner in partnership with the public in order to promote development,” Ochola said at Naguru police headquarters.

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda Henk Jan Bakker said, it was a logical choice to team up with refugee law project in order to fill gaps that had emerged due to influx of refugees into Uganda and in terms of security in their settlements.

Bakker remarked that Netherlands is convinced that investments will make a difference since they have been rested in well trained and equipped police officers ready to serve in any communities.