Uganda Police Force, the law enforcement body in the country is gradually changing its leadership in a move that has seen many senior officers retire and subsequently being replaced with new personnel, chimp corps report.
The move that began early this year has been ongoing and at least seven senior officers at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGPs) have left the force.
Earlier, reports indicated the President who is the Commander in Chief of armed forces intended to realign the police force before the 2021 general elections, a process which has so far moved as planned.
Initially, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola ordered six directors to hand over offices as soon as possible, since the President did not renew their contracts.
Most of the directors had completed two terms in their offices on a three year contract deal each but served more two years without contracts.
“Records available indicate that your three year contract that was offered to you on the November 21, 2016 expired. It is on record that you applied for renewal of the same, which process has not been concluded. As we await the results on the renewal of your contract, you are required to hand over the office to your deputy,” reads part of the letter Ochola wrote to one of the directors early this year.
Sources at a senior level of the police force told ChimpReports that although the appointing authority would offer new contracts, the affected directors had already served for more than two years without contracts and that was enough to relieve them.
IGP Ochola sought guidance from the Minister of Internal Affairs, General Jeje Odongo but he was told that the President was unwilling to extend their contracts.
The directors one by one started handing over offices to their deputies and the latest is AIGP Grace Turyagumanawe who has been heading the Directorate of Peace and Support Operations since 2014.
On Monday, He handed over to Commissioner of Police Amoru Martin and asked him to continue from where he has stopped as he has left behind a good working team of officers.
Police Directors who have since left the force are AIGP Fred Yiga who was heading Interpol, Hajji Moses Balimwoyo from Human resource, AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi from operations, Dr. Stephen Kassima from Traffic.
Others are SCP Felix Ndyomugyenyi, and AIGP Godfrey Bangirana who was heading logistics.
In the changes, the President also appointed four new AIGPs to police from the army who include Brig. Jack Bakasumba, Brig Godfrey Goloba and Colonels Jesse Kamunanwire and Chris Damulira.
The appointing authority also created a new office of the Chief of Joint staff in the police force headed by Brig. Jack Bakasumba to ensure police personnel readiness, policy, planning and training.