Following the expiry of their contracts, five of the seven police directors who were recently told to vacate their offices have been replaced.
They include Dr. Steven Kasiima who has been the Former Director Traffic, Erasmus Twaruhukwa, the former Legal Director Uganda Police Force, Joseph Mugisa, the Former Director Fire and Emergency Rescue Services, Haruna Isabirye, the Police Attaché to New York, Lemmy Musa Twinomugisha, the former Director Welfare and Production and Francis Rwego, the former Interpol Special Representative to the African Union.
This comes after their colleague Godfrey Bangirana, the former Director of Logistics and Engineering who was forced out of office by the Inspector General of Police- IGP Martins Okoth Ochola in July last year.
The Kampala Post has learnt that the Human Resource Director Uganda Police Force, Jesse Kamunanwire, issued a message confirming the appointment of new officer bearers in an acting capacity.
Subsequently, Richard Edyegu has been appointed Acting Director Logistics and Engineering replacing Bangirana while Henry Tukahirwa has been appointed acting Director Welfare and Production replacing Lemmy Musa Twinomugisha. In the same vein, Christine Nanding has been appointed acting Director of Human Rights and Legal Services, a docket that was previously held by Erasmus Twaruhukwa.
Bazil Mugisha has been confirmed acting Director Traffic Police replacing Dr. Steven Kasiima while Hassan Kihanda has been confirmed acting Director Fire and Rescue Services replacing Mugisa.
The directors who have vacated their offices have been waiting for the renewal of their contracts since the departure of former IGP Gen Kale Kayihura from office. The Police Authority chaired by Gen Odongo perused through their applications for renewal of contracts and submitted their names to President Museveni for reappointment.
But Ochola advised that they all step aside until the appointing authority responds to the recommendation.
“As we await the result of the renewal process, you are to handover that office to your deputy in any case by Friday, January 24, 2020. Attached is a copy of a letter by the honourable minister Internal Affairs basically on the same” IGP Ochola’s directive reads.
Meanwhile, the Human resource directorate has moved and appointed 70 senior police officers from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASP, and Superintendent of Police –SP to serve as District Police Commanders –DPCs, Regional Criminal Investigations Officers –RCIDs and Officers in Charge of –OC stations.
Timothy Halango has been appointed member of standby police court replacing Olivia Wawire who will be retiring soon. The Police court is a disciplinary tribunal that deals with service offenses committed by officers. Owili Alfred has been appointed Deputy Commandant Anti-Stock Theft Unit –ASTU while Joseph Isabirye moves from ASTU to police headquarters.
ASTU is mandated with fighting livestock theft. Bernard Mugerwa has been moved from Nebbi to Lira as DPC while Benson Obongo has been confirmed Kidepo regional crime, intelligence officer.
Issa Ssemwogerere moves from police headquarters to Savannah region as police spokesperson while Paul Kangave moves from Greater Masaka where he has been serving as the spokesperson to police headquarters.