Ex Police Boss John Kisembo Dies

The former Inspector General of Police John Kisembo has passed on, Chimp Corps report. 

Kisembo was pronounced dead on Thursday at Platinum hospital in Kampala where he was undergoing treatment.

“I am sad and blue about my former boss and friend. Rest thee well IGP (Emeritus), John Kisembo,” AIGP Asan Kasingye tweeted today.

The deceased served as IGP between 1999 and 2001 before being replaced by Gen Katumba Wamala.

At the time of his death, Kisembo was serving as acting director of United Nations Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders, a position he has held for 8 years.

Kisembo joined police in 1979 after completing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology at Makerere University.

He was a student Leader at Northcote Hall.

“At the time, open political activities were severely outlawed. After University, I went for a Police Cadet Officers’ Training,” he said in the past.

Kisembo was among the first 26 University Graduates in the Uganda Police.

He would later attend several specialized police courses.


Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Uganda Police: April 1992 – March 1999 

• Administration, supervision and training of the force

• Chairing various specialized committees such as finance, purchases and welfare

Director of Administration Uganda Police
March 1991 – March 1992
General administration under the Deputy Inspector General of Police and IGP

Create and manage the police force budget

Maintain discipline in the force and carry out assessment

Provide supervisory role for 15,000 officers and men of the Uganda Police Force.

Deputy Director, Special Branch Uganda Police
May 1990 – March 1992 1 year 11 monthsKampala
• Supervisor of personnel in collection, collation of crime intelligence

• Liaison with Government Departments and non-Government organizations on personal and document security

Cadet Assistant Superintendent
Uganda Police

March 1980 – March 1990 10 years 1 month• Trained as a cadet assistant superintendent

• Served in several districts (Gulu, Mbale. Kampla, Mbarara) as a junior officer

• Taking command of police regions in the Eastern, South West and Kampala regions

Government Protective Securtiy Officer (GSO)
Uganda Police

February 1986 – February 1990 

Special Branch Headquarters
•Security inspection of government installations including Uganda Missions abroad (including Uganda Embassies in London and Paris).

This included actual security surveys of missions whose reports were used to secure these missions.

Security advice to government on personal and document security

Training and placement of close security

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