President Museveni, the commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, has appointed several high ranking military officers to the top positions of Uganda Police Force, a move seen as aimed at strengthening the law enforcement’s ability to counter evolving security threats.
Brigadier Jack Bakashumba who has been serving as Commander Singo Peace Support Operations Training Centre is now the new Chief of Joint Staff, Uganda Police Force.
Brigadier Godfrey Golooba will take over as Police’s Director Human Resource and Training.
Golooba has been stationed in Russia as Uganda’s Defence attaché.
Col Jese Kamunanwire who served as Director of Personnel in UPDF is the new Director Human Resource Administration at Uganda police.
Col. Chris Serunjogi Ddamulira takes over as Crime Intelligence Director, replacing Senior Commissioner of Police Geoffrey Kyombe.
His role is to develop plans, strategies, policies and guidelines for effective management of crime intelligence through collation and dissemination of information on crime trends and patterns in the country.
This position was previously held by Col Atwooki Ndahura who was recently arrested and jailed for illegal repatriation of Rwandan refugees.
Defence Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said the new deployments were aimed at “supporting our brothers in police to build further capacity in keeping law and order.”
The development comes at a time the country is preparing for the 2021 elections.
Karemire said deployments can be made with or without elections.
The move will partly be seen as part of President Museveni’s wider strategy to introduce a new crop of experienced military officers in the top positions of police to address corruption and infiltration by wrong elements.
It’s also seen as a bigger plan of strengthening the country’s security networks considering military officers were recently appointed to head the Immigration department.
President Museveni has severally warned police to “clean up” amid public concerns over endemic corruption and laziness in police that facilitated a spike in crime.
Karemire said the appointments were taking advantage of the “facts that we are more stable in terms of personnel, training and experience.”
He added: “We are a strategic reserve that can be easily switched in the quest to build capacity.”
Asked to explain the timing of this development, Karemire said “this is not the first time army officers are going to police. Gen Jim Muhwezi was in police before switching to the army where he served with distinction. This kind of cross-pollination is good for our country as we try to achieve social, economic transformation.”
Due to Museveni’s new appointments, police Chief Okoth Ochola has shuffled commanders.
AIGP Moses Balimwoyo, who was heading police’s Human Resource Administration and Management, will lead the Interpol while Haruna Isabirye who was in charge of Human Resource Development has been sent to New York as Uganda Mission police attaché.
Balimwoyo will be deputized by SCP Amur Chombe.
SCP Ben Oyo Nyeko, who serving in acting capacity as Interpol boss, goes to Afripol headquarters in Algeria as Liaison Officer.
Ochola said in a memo on July 2 that the “formalising the appointments of the UPDF Officers is in the process.”
He further said the new appointees will hold the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police.