Full List: IGP Ochola Re-appoints Police Officers Previously Punished by Kayihura for ‘Supporting’ Amama Mbabazi
Ochola Changes Personal Assistants, Reverses Kayihura's Appointments
Part of what sacked IGP Gen Kale Kayihura did was to do political work for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and ensuring that three-decade president Yoweri Museveni stays in office.
Even Museveni has praised Kayihura’s loyalty.
But opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye suspects Kayihura’s sacking was due to his loyalty to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.
At his handover ceremony last week, Kayihura bragged that he had dealt with the opposition in his 12 years as IGP.
IGP OCHOLA REDEPLOYS MAN PUNISHED BY KAYIHURA FOR SUPPORTING AMAMA MBABAZI
And that is what exactly Kayihura did when ever he suspected that his officers backed Museveni’s opponents.
One of the affected officers was Lawrence Niwabine.
In 2016, Kayihura sent Niwabine, the former Metropolitan Police traffic commander, to his office.
Kayihura had intelligence reports that Niwabine was supporting former premier Amama Mbabazi’s presidential bid.
Nuwabine’s wife was a relative of the Mbabazis. And Kayihura suspected his officer, through his wife, was a Mbabazi diehard.
Nuwabine is now smiling after IGP Ochola appointed him commissioner in charge of welfare.
OTHER OFFICERS KAYIHURA HAD PUNISHED NOW APPOINTED
It was not Nuwabine that Kayihura kept in his office. Six other officers spent years in this office as a punishment.
They were of higher ranks and should have been out there heading departments and commanding junior officers.
But Kayihura kept them in his office.
- Stephen Tanui: now deputy commandant Field Force Unit,
- Richard Edyegu: appointed deputy Director Legal Services
- Anne Tusiime: deputy director Construction Division
- Henry Turyahirwa: deputy Director Welfare
- Ester Akwango: acting commissioner women affairs
These officers held ranks between Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) and Assistant Superitendant of Police (ASP).
IGP OCHOLA REVERSES KAYIHURA
In Kayihura’s last activity as IGP, he had transferred some officers.
But Ochola has now reversed some of Kayihura’s appointments.
Kayihura had appointed Dennis Namuwoza as regional police commander Kampala Metropolitan South.
But Ochola has now appointed Namuwoza the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy commandant.
Namuwoza replaces Ezekiel Emitu whom Ochola has appointed Aswa Regional Commander.
Kayihura had also appointed Fadhil Kaali as deputy director for oil and gas.
Ochola has now re-appointed Kaaki as Field Force Unit commandant.
Abbas Byakagaba is the new Counter Terrorism director. He leaves the oil and gas directorate.
FULL LIST OF IGP OKOTH OCHOLA APPOINTMENTS, TRANSFERS