Uganda, Kampala- At least 430 officers from the Uganda Police are sitting the United Nations Assistance Mission service (AMS) interviews at Mandela National Stadium Nambole. Grace Turyagumanawe, the Director of Peace Support Operations in Uganda Police Force, says the “Officers will be interviewed in orals, report writing, ICT, shooting and driving skills during the week long interviews.”
He explains that “the interviews are prepared by the department of Peace Keeping Operation in New York in collaboration with the countries that requested.” Adding that, “For any police officer to qualify for the interviews he/she must be free of any disciplinary offense with no criminal background.”
Turyagumanawe said 30 per cent of the applicants will be women in line with the United Nations and African Union guidelines.
He disclosed that about 150 women have been trained and are now ready to face the interviews so that the United Nations gender issue on deployments is addressed.
“Women in missions help us so much to attend to the elderly, the children and women so that’s why we are giving so much attention and emphasis to have their numbers increased,” he said.
Adding that, “In the same endeavor we have been preparing for the uniformed Unit especially in areas of patrol and public order management in politically volatile countries and our officers are doing a wonderful job.”
It should be noted that Uganda has been deploying in missions since 1996 to date in countries with unfavorable political environment like Somalia, South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic, Liberia, and Kosovo. About 2000 officers have taken part in peace keeping missions to date.