Johnson Baroza, the former personal assistant to embattled former police boss, Gen Kale Kayihura risks being declared a deserter after he abandoned his duty station in Algeria and fled to Turkey.
Despite being summoned by his supervisors in Uganda mid last month for redeployment, Baroza has not reported for work in Algeria or in Kampala since then. He was last seen in Turkey. According to a reliable source, Baroza left his post in Algeria on June 17 when he was recalled by the directorate of human resource administration for redeployment.
Baroza was serving as Uganda police liaison officer to Algeria when he was recalled to report to the police headquarters in Kampala. According to police sources, Baroza left Algeria aboard a Turkish flight to Uganda but disappeared in transit.
It is alleged that a team of operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) was on standby at Entebbe airport to pick up Baroza immediately he steps foot in Uganda.
"They waited for him but the plane landed without him on board. It was later revealed that he disembarked from Turkey while in transit and did not board again," the source said.
On Tuesday, the police leadership gave Baroza a 48-hour ultimatum to report for duty or else be declared a deserter.
In his message issued on Tuesday, the police director of human resource administration, Moses Balimwoyo directed the Rwizi region police commander and Mbarara district police commander (DPC) to search for Baroza from the home of Jovas Kabiguruka in Karora village in Rugando sub-county in Mbarara district and advise him to report to his duty station by July 22, 2018.
Inspector general of police, Martin Okoth Ochola, says police will search for Baroza within and outside Uganda.
"You see, Baroza was posted to Algeria as a liaison officer in Afripol. Now, where an officer abandons his duty station, as his supervisors we’re supposed to know where he is. It’s our duty to look for him. What is the problem? We want to know what has gone berserk with him. That is why we’ve got to look for him." said Ochola.
Prior to being recalled, there were claims that Baroza was wanted by CMI for investigations into various crimes including illegal repatriation of Rwandan refugees.
Baroza was summoned to police headquarters early this year where he was questioned, recorded a statement and was asked to return back to his duty station in Algeria.
Baroza is also being investigated by the inspectorate of government on how he was promoted from the rank of superintendent of police to assistant commissioner of police while working as Kayihura's personal assistant.