These are not the usual rumours that you heard about. President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Mr. Okoth Ochola as Inspector General of Police replacing Gen. Kale kalekezi Kayihura who has served the Uganda Police Force since 2005 when he replaced General Edward Katumba Wamala as the IGP.
Okoth Ochola is to be deputized by Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei as the Deputy Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force. Kayihura was the second Ugandan military officer to serve as the chief of the Uganda Police Force, in the history of the country. Museveni reappointed him to the position in May 2017 for at least another three years but hardly within just 10 months he has been fired!
Meanwhile General Elly Tumwiine has also been appointed as the Minister for Security replacing Gen. Henry Tumukunde.
This has been established in a press release signed by the President Yoweri Museveni and dated 4th March, 2018, reads as follows: In the Exercise of the powers vested in the President by Articles 113 (1) and 213 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint General Elly Tumwiine as Minister for Security, Mr. Okoth Ochola as the Inspector-General of Police.
It should be noted that there has been ongoing beef between Gen. Kale Kayihura and Gen. Henry Tumukunde and the Uganda’s president has not been happy with the two leaders fighting against each other!
During their reign, the country has witnessed unprecedented spate of criminality in the country with murders, kidnaps, armed robberies on the increase in Wakiso, Masaka, Gulu, Mukono. Recently when President Museveni was asked about the fight between the Uganda Police under Kayihura and the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) under Tumukunde, Museveni said the fight was between the top leadership and not the officials.
The climax of the Tumukunde and Kayihura’s troubles seems to have been the kidnap of 28-year-old Susan Magara on February 7 and her eventual murder last week after 20 days in captivity. Her kidnappers cut off two of her fingers and sent them to the family together with a video of her torture. The kidnappers demanded a $1 million (about Shs 3.5 billion) ransom and Museveni was reportedly in touch with the family during the 3-week ordeal. At the burial of Suzan Magara in Hoima, the Security Minister Henry Tumukunde admitted the government failure to rescue Magara! He went on to ask citizens to watch over themselves and their property.