The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has today eulogized the late John Kisembo who served as police boss in the 1990s.
Speaking at the requiem mass at Our Lady of Africa church in Mbuya, he described the deceased as a dedicated citizen that Uganda has lost.
“By his death, the family members, the Uganda Police Force and the Country at large have been robbed of a dedicated citizen with high integrity, commitment and experience in Policing and crime prevention,” Ochola said.
“I and the entire Uganda Police Force mourn the unfortunate death of an experienced, dedicated and hardworking citizen,” he added.
The late Kisembo was born on 1st October 1955 in Mugarike Village, the then Kibaale District from which the current Kagadi district was curved.
He joined the Uganda Police Force on 12th March 1980 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and did the initial Police training course at the Police College of Dar-es Salaam in Tanzania.
He belonged to the first crop of cadets to be trained by Uganda Police Force after the fall of President Idi Amin.
They were 27 in number with only one lady- Rtd. AIGP Elizabeth Muwanga.
After the completion of the initial course, he was posted to Gulu Police Station, Eastern Region as Regional Special Branch Officer, Deputy Regional Special Brach Officer-Kampala, Regional Special Branch officer North East, South Western Regional Special Branch Officer, Special Branch Headquarters, Deputy Director Special Brach, and Director Administration at Police Headquarters among others.
In 1992 he was appointed D/IGP and on 3rd January 1999, he was appointed Acting IGP.
On 27th April 1999, he was confirmed as the Inspector General of Police, a position he held till his early retirement on 1st December 2001.
“On behalf of the Uganda Police Force and on my own behalf, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolence to the family, relatives, friends and comrades of the late Retired IGP John Kisembo,” Ochola concluded.