By Max Patrico Ocaido
Newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) Brig. Sabiiti Muzeyi has pledged total allegiance to his new boss, IGP Ochola Martin Okoth.
Brig. Muzeyi who was the commandant of Military Police was on Sunday appointed as deputy IGP after President Museveni fired IGP Kale Kayihura and Security minister Henry Tumukunde. Museveni replaced Kayihura with his deputy Ochola, Gen Elly Tumwine replaced Tumukunde while Muzeyi took over Ochola’s former position.
While being vetted on Wednesday by the Parliamentary Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, a highly placed source who attended the meeting told Kampala Post that Brig. Muzeyi revealed how lucky he is to work under new IGP Ochola and vowed total allegiance to him.
“He (Sabiiti) said that he is a team player and lucky to work under Ochola who has been in police leadership for long. He said he will always work under his instructions,” an MP who preferred anonymity said.
Sabiiti reportedly told the committee that he has closely worked with police since 2007 during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to date. He added that whereas he may not claim to know much about the Force, with the guidance of others he is ready for panel beating in order to improve the security of Ugandans.
It should be remembered that before the Appointments committee started the vetting session, Oyam Woman MP Sandra Santa Alum reportedly raised a matter where Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze petitioned Speaker Kadaga to block the appointment of Brig Muzeyi on allegations that he commanded the September 2017 arrest of MPs during the Age limit Bill debate. However, Kadaga ruled out the allegations saying that it is not true Muzeyi orchestrated raid on Parliament.
Meanwhile, an insider further revealed that all the three appointees; Tumwine, Ochola and Muzeyi were successfully vetted and approved.