The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin OChola on Saturday made an extensive shake up in the police criminal directorate, which will be seen by many as a move to strengthen criminal investigations in the country.
The police boss made the changes through the human resource directorate in which one Commissioner, three Assistant Commissioners, 13 Senior Superintendents, 19 Superintendents and 52 ASPs were transferred and appointed.
In the transfer message released by the AIGP Moses Balimwoyo on Saturday, 88 CID officers were moved from and to various districts and the directorate headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala.
The changes at least touched all regions in the country, including North Kyoga, Sippi, Wamala and Kampala metropolitan area.
CID boss Grace Akullo, however, retained her job.
Ever since Ochola took over officer from his predecessor Gen Kale Kayihura, he has done about six transfers of police officers, merged and restructured several departments the latter had created.
With this new shakeup, observers says, the police boss could be trying to re-shine the security agency’s star in investigations, considering a number of significant cases had gone uninvestigated to bring perpetrators to book.
Notable among them is the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Kaweesa, that of senior prosecutor Joan Kagezi and the recent gruesome murders of Case Clinic Accountant Ekalungar and Susan Magara.
In the aftermath of failed investigations, we saw late last year military agents take over the work of police to arrest several suspects linked to some of the above cases.
Some of the reshuffled officers include;
D/CP Venis Baguma Tumuhimbise who has been moved from CP Homicide, CID headqarters to head war crimes.
D/ACP Francis Olugu has been moved from CID headquarters and appointed acting CP General Crimes.
D/ACP James Bangirana, also moved from CID headquarters and returned to HRM, among others.
Charles Mutungi leaves the headquarters to the Lands unit, Asuman Suwed leaves Crime Intelligence to be in charge of crime data.
Joseph Ojinga also leaves CID headquarters to Urban government programs, projects and fraud while Charles Babwetera is to be CID Sezibwa region from the headquarters.
Henry Mugumya has been appointed CID Greater Bushenyi, while John Dhabangi heads to Interpol.
Rebecca Namugenyi also moves from CID headquarters to the sexual and children offences department.