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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