Well, my friend Beaton, https://becomingthemuse.net/ a couple days ago posted something about drinking tea with the police; he suddenly got me thinking about what policing entails in Uganda. Did you know that being arrested in my country is a double tragedy? oh yes! When the police show up at your door to make an arrest, you, the criminal has to pay a “fuel” fee that covers your transportation costs. You will most likely be carried away on a boda boda; (motor-bike) the mode of transport commonly used to conveniently get around and about town in order to dodge the endless traffic jam.
And for those citizens reporting a case to the police; they are indirectly charged an “investigation fee” which allows the police to go after the bad guy. Failure to do so will result to a frustratingly fruitless outcome. The investigation fee supposedly covers trifles like airtime (phone bill), lunch, or any other inconvenience that could be encountered along the way.
So there you have it friends, the Ugandan experience. I would love to know what your experience with the police is. Thank you!