Uganda Police has released new bond guidelines for suspects. According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the new guidelines aim at taming corruption, extortion and abuse of police bond.
Under the new guidelines, a receipt shall be issued to suspect before they are released on police bond. The copy of the receipt shall be retained at the police station and another attached to their files.
The receipt also has a water mark “police bond is free”, a provision where the officer issuing the bond signs their name and rank, a serial number, provision for telephone contact for professional Standards Unit for reporting cases of extortion and space for nanames of sureties.
The guidelines were developed by the law and order sector (JLOS) in collaboration with Uganda police and directorate of research, planning and development.
According to Enanga, the guidelines will be piloted in 21 districts countrywide including Kabarole, Kasese, Arua, Kyegegwa, Bundibugyo, Apac, Yumbe, Kitugum, Napak, Padel, Nakapiripirit, Amidat, Tororo, Kaberemaido, Tororo and Abim.