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Breaking Exclusive: UPDF Recalls Col Atwooki Ndahura from Police

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has directed the Director of Police Crime Intelligence, Col Atwooki Ndahura to return to the military forces, Chimp Corps exclusively report.

Considered one of former Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura’s closest allies, Ndahura ran special operations aimed breaking the back of hardened criminal gangs in the country.

But his reign was marred by accusations of human rights abuses.

Officials further said Ndahura’s crime intelligence structure was “benefitting foreigners who infiltrated the police” and “not helping Uganda at all.”

Contacted today morning, army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire confirmed the development, saying Ndahura was returning to the UPDF.

“Yes, it is true that Col Ndahura’s tour of duty with the Uganda Police Force where he had been attached has come to an end,” said Karemire.

“He is expected to immediately report to UPDF headquarters for redeployment.”

The development also comes against the backdrop of the major restructuring of police directorates by the new police boss, Okoth Ochola.

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Kayihura had detached key units including Crime Intelligence from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Crime Intelligence (CIID), essentially rendering the investigative body worthless.

Insiders say Ochola’s new leadership remains determined to getting rid of elements suspected of involvement in criminal activities.

Some of officials attached to the IGP’s office have since been transferred to other positions.

Lt Col Ndahura, who usually operates from behind the scenes, was recently in the spotlight for facilitating the arrest of Rwandan refugees who were traveling to Burundi for a Christian crusade.

The refugees were later charged with several offences related to terrorism.

Before his appointment as Police Director of Crime Intelligence in 2015, Ndahura had earlier served as an officer of the then Presidential Protection Unit (now Special Forces Command).

He also served in the Special Revenue Protection Services (SRPS) between 2002 and 2006 under Gen Kayihura.

In 2001, Ndahura, then a captain in the Presidential Guard Brigade, was accused of orchestrating election violence in Rukungiri District against Opposition supporters of Dr Kizza Besigye, who was contesting against President Museveni in that year’s general election.

He also was accused of fomenting violence against Kinkiizi West constituency candidate, Mr James Garuga Musinguzi, when he was contesting against Mr Amama Mbabazi.

He also served as the chief of planning in the East African Standby Force.

The Crime Intelligence Directorate was established in June 2015 following a spate of violent crimes, which many attributed to the lack of intelligence.

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