The Inspector General of Police John Martins Okoth-Ochola has targeted the Criminal Investigations department in the latest shake up of the police force.
Over 80 detectives are affected in a countrywide reshuffle. But Grace Akullo, who was on Thursday lambasted before a Parliamentary committee by Ochola for re-arresting a suspect moments after he was released on court bail retains her job as CID Director.
In an April 21 communication, Ochola has turned upside down the entire ecosystem at CID HQ at Kibuli, transferring more than 30 officers in the process.
Many of the transferred detectives have been languishing on katebe from the times of chief police ‘weevil’ Kale Kayihura who was knifed in March after criminals gangs took control of the streets of Kampala.
Prominent among those moved: Mark Paul Odong leaves Case Tracking Task Team in Naguru to head the Special Investigations Department at Kireka.
Francis Oluge, moves from the CID headquarters to take charge of General Crime.
Charles Mutungi also leaves the CID HQ to Lands Unit. Joseph Ojinga leaves CID HQ to Urban government programs, projects and fraud while Charles Babwetera leaved CID HQ to Katonga as Deputy RPC.
Asuman Suwed leaves Crime Intelligence to be in charge of crime data.
Henry Mugumya leaves Lands Unit to goes to head CID Greater Bushenyi.
John Dhabangi heads to Interpol while Rebecca Namugenyi also moves from CID headquarters to the sexual and children offences department.
Peter Muwonge leaves West Nile and returns to CID HQ in Kibuli while Daniel Batte leaves the katebe of HQ and goes to East Kyoga.
The reshuffle is the latest in Ochola’s moves to re-allign the much criticized police force which fell to its lowest confidence ratings during the reign on Kayihura.
The President accused the police under Kayihura of being infiltrated by criminals and shortly after firing Kayihura the President told Uganda how he had removed weevils from the Police.
The president said its was because of police incompetence that crimes aren’t being resolved and criminals aren’t getting arrested. Ochola is trying to reverse the trend of unresolved crimes.
Last week the Director of public Prosecutions Mike Chibita blamed the police’s incompetence for the failure to arrest and try anyone for the violent murder of state prosecutor Joan Kagezi in 2015.
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