Assistant Inspector General of Police Asan Kasingye has said that he identified and mentored Hon Judith Nabakooba, who is the new minister for communication and ICT.
The Police boss revealed this in a social media post in which he fondly described how he met the youthful Nabakooba and told her to join the law enforcement body.
According to Kasingye, Nabakooba was a radio presenter at Mama FM in Kampala when he met her in early 2000s.
“I found a smashing beautiful young lady who interviewed me. We were separated by a glass. At the end of two hours, I realized that she had talent but was either too shy or nervous. I called her over as I walked to my car. I was an SSP then. I asked her whether she ever considered joining the Police. She said No. I encouraged her to join. She said she would think about it,” he said
Later that year, Kasingye says, Police announced interviews for Cadets ASPs and he remembered her.
Kasingye asked the CLO of the area where Nabakooba was working to tell her to visit his office at Kibuli where she was given opportunity to apply to join the police force.
Despite some hesitation, Kasingye says he encouraged her as the action would encourage more women to join and endear the public to the Police.
After graduating as a Cadet ASP, she joined the public relations department of the force.
Mr Kasingye revealed that later in 2006, he was appointed PRO of the Police by the then new IGP Gen.Kale Kayihura.
“She became my deputy. I taught her everything that there was especially confidence building. She dreaded facing the media. She fancied writing Press Releases,” he said
In 2008, when Gen. Kayihura made some shake up, Nabakooba replaced her boss then, SSP Gabriel Tibayungwa who didn’t stay long.
“Tibayungwa left for UN and officially retired from the Police. The IGP invited me to his office as CPC to find out if I agreed with him that Judith becomes PRO. I said yes. Indeed, she was by this time prolific and a good communicator,” Kasingye said
In 2016, Ms.Nabakooba left the force and contested for woman MP, Mityana district which she won.
President Museveni late last year appointed her Minister ICT and communication and she will be sworn to take up office soon.