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Uganda to supply 20,000 police uniforms to S.Sudan in Shs 2bn deal

The Uganda police has finalised a deal to supply up to 20,000 pairs of uniforms to its counterparts in South Sudan.

According to a deal, sealed between the inspector general of police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola and the head of the South Sudan national police service Majak Akec Mayok, up to 15,000 green uniforms and 5,000 camouflage uniforms will be supplied by the Uganda police garment factory.

Uganda police garment factory 

All uniforms will be in a design and fashion similar to the Uganda police uniform. Each set of uniform will be supplied at a cost of $32 (about Shs 119,521), slightly higher than the $24 (about Shs 90,000), at which the uniforms are sold locally.

A sample of two batches will initially be sent to South Sudan for approval, after which a deposit of 50 per cent of the purchases will be made to Exodus Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Limited Uganda, the police institutional Sacco account which is managing the garment factory.

"Uganda police garment factory will produce 20,000 pairs of uniforms for South Sudan national police services," the director of Interpol and Internal relations Fred Yiga said while reading resolutions of the bilateral meeting held in Kampala on Thursday.

The police garments factory, which was constructed with the help of Chinese firm, China Poly Technology, has the capacity of producing 120 uniforms per day. However, this is the first uniform business that the factory has been able to get since it started operations in September 2014. The entire deal is worth Shs 2.3 billion. 

"We signed a memorandum of understanding four years ago for Uganda police to supply uniforms but due to unavoidable circumstances, we could not have the uniforms," Mayok said.

The factory was started with an aim of reducing the cost of importing police uniforms but also to generate revenue that will be used to improve the welfare of police officers. China Poly Technology donated 96 sewing machines to kick-start the factory. The factory started with a production of 100 uniforms each day.
 
The factory is expected to produce 110, 000 uniforms annually including two regular police uniforms for each officer as well as extras for foreign trips, trainings and other special activities. 

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