The Inspector General of police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura has suspended 22 officers in Namayingo district among whom are the Regional Police Commander, the District Police Commander, the Officer in charge of the station and the Officer in Charge Criminal Investigations.
The suspension of the senior officers followed a visit by the IGP to the scene of murder of David Tito Okware, the LC3 chairman of Buyinja Sub County in Namayingo District early this month.
Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson said the suspended officers failed to prevent the murder through poor deployment of both intelligence and uniformed officers.
They are also accused of mishandling the scene of crime after the murder.
The officers are currently being investigated by the Professional Standards Unit for disobedience of lawful orders and negligence. They have also been replaced by a new team appointed by the IGP.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Muluya Moses, the Regional police commander-Busoga North has since been replaced with Superintendent of police Chemonges Ashraf from Lira, while Assistant Superintendent of Police –(ASP) Abigaba Godfrey from Kampala Mini Price police post has been appointed the DPC of Namayingo to replace Tayebwa Fred.
Deputy/ASP Ainembabazi Andrew from Kiira Road has also been sent to replace Deputy/ASP Nadduli Fahadi as the OC CIID Namayingo while the – OC Station Namayingo, ASP Achiro Joyce has been replaced by ASP Twala Peter from Field Force Police.
The message released this morning by the IGP states that, “despite the proximity of the police station to the deceased’s home, the police inadequately responded well after over half an hour.”
Relatives to the deceased told police that three men traveling on a numberless motorcycle attacked Okware’s home at around 9.30 p.m. on February 1st 2015 when the family was having dinner, and asked for Okware who was seated on a plastic chair, among family members.
One of the thugs, dressed in an overall coat eventually pulled out a rifle and shot Okware four times in the stomach before riding off without harming any other family member.