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Police officers divided on Kayihura sacking, Ochola appointment

As news of Gen Kale Kayihura's sacking as inspector general of police (IGP) Kale Kayihura spread within the force, two camps appeared to emerge  - pitting the young officers on one side and the old guard on the other.
 
The officers shared information via their Whatsapp groups within hours after Okoth Ochola was elevated to take over Kayihura's job and Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeyi was drafted in from the Military Police to be Ochola's deputy.
 
Okoth Ochola (L) has been appointed the new inspector general of police
In the other changes announced by President Museveni on Sunday evening, General Elly Tumwine was appointed minister for Security, replacing Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde. URN contacted a total of 20 officers between the ranks of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP).
 
Some of the officers are seen to be very loyal to Kayihura, while others were critical of his management style but all of them had one common factor. They could not believe what had happened and how he could be fired just like that.
 
"That guy as much as I don't like him, was the true definition of loyalty to the president. I could never have imagined him being thrown away like that, " an officer at the rank of AIGP told URN.
 
Another said, "At least now our colleagues will think twice before selling their hearts out to politicians."
 
Even though, many people in the public had foreseen the action of Museveni against Kayihura and Tumukunde for their fights and bickering, most officers felt it was the president trying to trim Kayihura's power but he would serve until his contract expired.
 
Kayihura's three-year contract was renewed in 2016. But the shock did not stop some of the officers from expressing their relief and others their misery.
 
Old guard, the senior officers who have been in the force for long, were the most relieved having complained over the years in private about the disrespect they had been getting from Kayihura.
 
Picked from the military in 2005 to head the police force, Kayihura was known to openly despise career police officers, especially those who dared criticise his management style.
 
Their biggest problem with Kayihura was how he passed them over in preference to the young officers fresh from training. The latter, however, lacked requisite skills and experience in law enforcement and policing.
 
It was a cold war whose effects were mainly felt at the level of directors where the old guard secretly fought the young and ambitious officers.  
 
Officers such as the late Andrew Felix Kaweesi,  Grace Akullo, the director Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Amos Ngabirano, who resigned recently as director ICT, were leading the pack of new officers that Kayihura preferred to work with.
 
Kaweesi had risen to the rank of AIGP at the time of his death in March 2017, when gunmen sprayed his vehicle with bullets killing him, his driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau instantly.
 
Many of the old guard see changes in fortune since Ochola, the new IGP, is one of them. A good administrator, Ochola had never served in the area of operations for the more than 30 years he has been in the police force.
 
Without the operational ability, his deputy, the young and enthusiastic Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeyi who joined the army in 1998, is likely to overshadow his boss and make the decisions.
 
"It's hard to tell what will happen now. Okoth Ochola is about to retire but even for the few years he has left, I don't think he has the capacity to make operational decisions for the force, " one of the old guards said.
 
While the uncertainty is shared by most officers, those who have been close to Kayihura and highly favoured are pained by the changes and the uncertainty about their future in the force is even much more worrying.
 
After six years as deputy IGP, sitting and observing from the shadow, Ochola is credited for his understanding of the personnel; their strength and weaknesses.
 
This is a factor that some officers fear may work against them. Freddie Egesa, a former police officer says "this is the best decision that the president has made in 2018."
 
A known critic of Kayihura's management style, Egesa adds: "I hope now the police decisions and authority can flow through the ranks and not through the windows as has been the case."
 
Another former police officer went on social media last night and expressed his excitement after Kayihura was relieved of his command duties.
 
Francis Muzahura posted, "I can now go back to police. I hope a police officer will regain his respect and confidence."

Comments

+2 #1 Wooden K. 2018-03-05 13:08
Good afternoon Uganda !
Straight to the point : HE Super Glue Ndiwulira is a magician , no question about that .

But he has been doing his tricks for 40 years in one town. He has no more tricks to excite or fool anybody anymore.

On this one , even a P5 kid kan tell that Okoth Ochola is a dummy ; Muzei Sabiiti is the real rabbit from the big hat.

This so called Uganda Police is not going to get better as long as H.E Super Glue continues to appoint his tribesmen into high positions . There are already to many of them in there .

If the intention was to improve the image of the police, Fred Iga should have been the man to do it.

Without any question , Fred Iga is the most qualified for this job than Muzei Sabiiti .

His only "problem" ( disqualification?) is that he is a Muganda .
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2018-03-05 14:13
Divided, over what, there is nohing we c
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+2 #3 Wooden K. 2018-03-05 15:02
Agandi Jenelo Tumukunde !

Mama and I congratulate you for bringing dowm Kayihura . For years he has been flying too high above everyone`s head like a bloody drone.

Now that your mission is done , why don`t you go to Arsenal and bring down that Wenger as well ?
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+2 #4 kelem 2018-03-05 16:17
Tumukunde was either used as a decoy to sack Kale or this is not about security at all because Tumukunde was beginning to bite and the goons in town had began to fear.

On second thought this Okoth man was quiet about what was going on all these year and now you expect him to be his own man !! really???.

Muzeyi is gonna run the show for his master
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+2 #5 A K mukasa 2018-03-05 16:55
Ochola in office but not in power.

Same script different cast.

The cylinder head is gone but you keep filling up the radiator with water expecting miracles.

That is Museveni's idea of good governance.

Only sack them after they have become totally useless and have destroyed institutions in the process.

The sacking of Tumukunde is evidence that Museveni and Tumukunde never really reconciled. Otherwise why was he sacked?
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0 #6 rubangakene 2018-03-05 23:47
Tumukunde announced that he likes Besigye at Nyakairu's funeral; "....he saved me when I was shot in the leg". T

hat was the last straw that broke the camel's back. What was he thinking in making such utterances?

Doesn't he know that the name itself instils the fear of God into some peoples' bones?
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0 #7 gwok 2018-03-06 01:43
Quoting A K mukasa:
Ochola in office but not in power.

Same script different cast.

The cylinder head is gone but you keep filling up the radiator with water expecting miracles.

That is Museveni's idea of good governance.

Only sack them after they have become totally useless and have destroyed institutions in the process.

The sacking of Tumukunde is evidence that Museveni and Tumukunde never really reconciled. Otherwise why was he sacked?


The answer to tat is this: We (the people) demanded that the resident should show his leadership by acting on the duo immediately.

And, thank goodness, he did. Please give him the due & deserving complement for a job well done. I wish of my president more listening and less arrogance.
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0 #8 Jama 2018-03-09 12:49
Our colleagues will think twice before selling their hearts to politicians: this is the expression of a policeman with a republican spirit, unfortunately serving a an ethnically curved force.

It's encouraging to have a few of them like him.
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