Authorities in Kasese Municipality have been shocked by the poor sanitation and health situation in the district police barracks.
In a health and sanitation tour by Central Division officials led by the division chairman, Mr Johnson Kasaija Bwaka, on Tuesday, it was found out that police officers are at high risk of contracting preventable diseases like malaria, cholera and dysentery.
According to the Health Assistant, Central Division, Ms Fiona Nakitende, half of the barracks has no toilets, garbage skip, bathrooms and there is stagnant sewage water in the drainage channel which has formed a habitat for breeding mosquitoes and other insects.
Ms Nakitende said the situation in the barracks is the same at the district central police headquarters, saying many toilets are non-functional while others are dilapidated.
Illegal power connections
She ordered the Officer in Charge of the barracks, Mr Charles Opila, to have all the affected toilets and bathrooms closed with immediate effect.
It was also found out that police officers had allegedly connected electricity illegally with live wires over each other.
Mr Bwaka ordered the disconnection of electricity to prevent any dangers. The barracks houses 50 police officers and 200 juniors with their families.