By Fred Kiva
Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola is continuing to make major changes in the Force, merging directorates and re-uniting some units created by his Predecessor General Kale Kayihura.
On Monday, Ochola who is Kayihura’s former Deputy announced new changes, reversing transfers and appointments announced by his predecessor moments before his sacking on March 4. In the Monday shakeup Ochola moved AIGP Abbas Byakagaba from Oil and Gas to Counter terrorism.These massive changes is a show of Ochola’s wish to superintend a totally reformed institution.
In a March 18 statement, Ochola has merged the directorate of Oil and Gas with that of Counter Terrorism. Through this merger, the new IGP has created a “Division of Oil and Gas”.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Agapitus Ecotu has been named the operations officer for the new Oil and Gas division.
“Commissioner Human Resource Management (C/HRM) is instructed to fast track these changes with Ministry of Public Service,” Ochola directed in a statement released on Tuesday.
In other changes, Flying Squad Unit has reverted to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Crime Intelligence (CID).
CID is headed by AIGP Grace Akullo.
The move to put Flying Squad under the supervision of CID is seen as a solution to continuous accusations of torture and extortion brought against the Unit operatives. Flying Squad Unit has formerly been directly supervised by IGP Kayihura.
The Flying Squad unit is headed by ACP Herbert Muhangi.
Special Investigations Unit (SIU) will also be supervised by CID.
Other units that have reverted to CID are Criminal Case File Tracking Task Force (CCTF), Surveillance and Special Operations.
IGP Ochola has also put the Territorial Police Command (Region and District/Division) under the Directorate of Operations.
The directorate of Operations will also supervise the specialized units (Canine, Police Air wing, Railway Police, Environmental Protection Police, Marine, Agricultural Police, Mineral Protection Police, Presidential Protection Group).
Cyber Crime Unit has also reverted to the Directorate of Forensic Services.
“Concerned Directors are to provide a report on the re-organization process within one week,” Ochola’s statement concluded.