Senior Police Officer Suspended Over Arua By-Election Fracas

A Senior Police Officer at the rank of Commissioner in the Uganda Police Force is facing suspension from office as investigations into the Arua By-elections fracases kick start, ChimpReports exclusively reveals.

The officer on the forced leave is Commissioner of Police Jacob Opolot, the Commandant of Field Force Unit.

According to highly placed sources in police that preferred anonymity in order to speak freely, told chimp corps that as investigations started, the senior police officer was put to task to explain his roles on the final day of campaigns in Arua district by-elections which he failed.

“Mr Opolot failed to satisfy investigators when asked why he did not deploy enough foot patrol and counter terrorism officers in Arua town yet the president was in the area,” sources said.

Sources also said it was due to Opolot’s failure to do his job that the presidential motorcade was attacked by stone pelting opposition supporters.

It was also established that the senior police officer in charge of all FFU operations is facing charges of neglect of duty in the disciplinary committee of the force.

Investigations also revealed that Mr Opolot’s negligence didn’t only happen in Arua but also in Jinja and Bugiri districts.

Despite that the senior police officer has been benched for a week; it was not established for how long he was suspended.


Earlier, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola moved ASP Abas Senyonjo who was district police commander.

Sources said the police chief was furious about the failure by police to control the crowds.

IGP Ochola replaced Abas Senyojo with Henry Kintu in a swap reshuffle.

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