By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Police Flying Squad Unit has explained that Monday’s firing of its operatives is a move meant to weed out masqueraders.
Vincent Ssekate, the Police Flying Squad Unit Spokesperson said majority of those affected were only faking to be operatives and sometimes engaging in criminal acts.
“We have halted their services in order to get out masqueraders and remain with genuine people. There are so many masqueraders among them,” Ssekate said on phone.
The Police Flying Squad Unit Management on Monday issued a memo notifying all the Unit Operatives that their services had been terminated with immediate effect.
“All those who have been working with Flying Squad Unit as operatives, their services have been terminated with effect from today (Monday) 05th November, 2018 until further notice,” read a memo from the Police Flying Squad Unit Headquarters.
Ssekate disclosed that only 20 people have been affected in this, revealing that most of these informers have been from around Kampala. Some media reports had put the number of operatives at 80.
The development comes barely six months after Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola disbanded the Flying Squad Unit (FSU) and replaced it with a new Unit named Organized Crime Department (OCD) which he placed under the command of former Special Investigations Unit (SIU) boss, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mark Odong.
FSU commanded by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Herbert Muhangi, has been known for hunting down suspects in high profile criminal cases. In doing their work however, the personnel under the Unit were on many occasions accused of engaging in criminal acts, including armed robbery, torture and extortion among others.
Following the FSU disbandment in May, the Commander Herbert Muhangi was moved to Human Resource Management as the head of Manpower and Audit Department while his subordinates were redeployed.
Sacking of the Flying Squad Unit operatives is the latest of the massive changes the Uganda Police Force has undergone in IGP Martin Okoth Ochola’s eight month stay in office.