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Ochola approved, blames police mess on outgoing IGP Kayihura

Parliament's Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has approved the newly appointed Security minister Elly Tumwiine and the police chiefs, Martin Okoth Ochola and Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeyi.
 
The three where on Sunday appointed by President Yoweri Museveni in a security sector reshuffle that saw the sacking of the longest serving inspector general of police Kale Kayihura and Security minister, Lieutenant-General Henry Tumukunde.
 
Okoth Ochola (L) arrives at parliament for vetting as inspector general of police
URN has this afternoon learnt from sources sitting on the Appointments Committee that MPs agreed to approve the three following their appearance earlier today. 
 
According to sources, the incoming IGP Ochola was tasked to explain the mess in the police force in which he has been serving as Gen Kayihura's deputy. 
 
URN learnt that the MPs cited the issue of deployment of crime preventers and other individuals not known to be part of the police force in operations. Police has in the past been accused of working with stick-welding men in operations within the capital city. 
 
The source says that Ochola, a career police officer with 30 years' experience, blamed the disorder on the outgoing IGP Kayihura whom he said was not respecting structures and building a personal force. He reportedly promised the committee to work with the top management in the institution to ensure that they clean the police image. 
 
Meanwhile, URN has also learnt from sources that the incoming Security minister, Tumwiine did not face a hard time convincing legislators that he's the right man to head one of the most sensitive ministries in Uganda. Tumwiine has continuously represented the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) in the Ugandan parliament since 1986.
 
Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeyi who has been commanding the Military Police was asked about militarisation of the Police Force given that he is coming from a military background. The MPs also reportedly asked Sabiiti how he is going to lead the Police Force whose mandate is different from that of military.
 
Sabiiti reportedly told the committee that he was going to be working with his boss IGP Ochola and also learn more about the police operations. Ochola's approval brings a career police officer at the helm of the force for the first time in almost 17 years.
 
The last career officer to be IGP was John Kisembo who was replaced by Gen Katumba Wamala in April 2001. Katumba was replaced in November 2005 by Kayihura who is due to hand over to Ochola.
 
Clad in a navy blue suit, Muzeyi spent close to one and a half hours in the VIP room at parliament as the committee interacted with Tumwiine and Ochola. He was finally led into the committee room by security as journalists struggled to take his picture.

Muzeyi spent about 40 minutes in the committee room before he stepped out and spoke to journalists. Looking calm and composed, Muzeyi told journalists he was ready for the job. He declined to comment on the vetting process, saying he will organise a separate day to speak to journalists.

He also declined to comment about his plans for the police and only promised to get back to journalists. Parliamentary security whisked off Muzeyi before journalists could press more questions.  

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0 #1 ejakait engoraton 2018-03-07 19:32
Ojame OKOTH OCHOLA has put the first nail in his own coffin.

HOW naive can you be to realise that what KK was doing was what his boss wanted.

How s***id does he think that the appointing authority is that he would have seen all these things going on and not sacked him, just like Tumukunde has been sacked without even being in the post for one year.

And then have his contract renewed, not once but twice and most recently less than a year ago.

Does Ojame imagine that things just started being the way they are last month, and M 7 can not stand it any more and has brought it to an end.

I hope the remarks thereof attributed are not true.

Let us see how quickly he will be able to turn things around, with a force that is deeply entrenched with people who almost owed personal loyalty and allegiance to the out going.
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+4 #2 ejakait engoraton 2018-03-07 19:36
IF the idea was to change the direction of the police, they would not have appointed an army person from outside the police force, to deputize OJAME.

Effectively , he will be a titular head and most operations will be under his deputy, except a few like catching chicken thieves and crowd control for events and visiting dignitaries .
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0 #3 Marvin ya Kuku 2018-03-08 03:47
Judging by the photo afande is already presenting some solid returns. Snigger snigger.
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+1 #4 Coleman 2018-03-08 15:27
Ochola has been appointed to hoodwink Ugandans that a professional police officer is heading the Police.

Those who know M7 are aware that Ochola is put there as a figure-head while real power will belong to Muzeyi whom he will be dealings with directly.

Of course Sabiiti Muzeyi will have no respect for Ochola because he knows Ochola is an outsider (not a member of the favoured family/tribe).

At best Ochola is there to groom Muzeeyi, at worst, Ochola will suffer "a heart attack" so Muzeeyi will take over the Police automatically....!!

Moreover Sabiiti Muzeyi is the man who was in command of the forces that were brutalising and causing mayhem during the August House when M7 wanted to lift the age limit....!!!
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+2 #5 WADADA rogers 2018-03-08 16:30
Ochola, dont be quick to blame Kayihura, he is partly a victim of circumstances, taking orders even for the wrong reasons, for they were orders or mistakes of the regime which is still here, chances are that you are going to make the same mistakes.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2018-03-08 19:16
All policemen and women should reapply to join the forces. The process of interviews should include looking at their financial standing before and after joining the force, theoretical exams and physical endurance exercises and use of equipment.

These should send out the signal that the Uganda Police Force is not a business where you become a "pot - belly mafuta mingi".
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0 #7 Lysol 2018-03-08 23:12
Quoting rubangakene:
All policemen and women should reapply to join the forces. The process of interviews should include looking at their financial standing before and after joining the force, theoretical exams and physical endurance exercises and use of equipment.

These should send out the signal that the Uganda Police Force is not a business where you become a "pot - belly mafuta mingi".


In many developed countries, they do credit checks to see the financial standing of every officer before promotion and the recruits.

This is done to avoid corruption and bribes.
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