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Museveni to IGP Ochola: Clean up your police

IGP Martins Okoth Ochola with his deputy Sabiiti Muzeyi

IGP Martins Okoth Ochola with his deputy Sabiiti Muzeyi

President Yoweri Museveni has tasked the police management to improve the public image of the force by fighting the high crime levels and corruption, which have created bad a perception about their services.    

In a message delivered by the Internal Affairs minister, Gen Jeje Odongo during the opening of a two-day police performance review meeting at Nile Resort hotel in Jinja district on Thursday, Museveni asked the police leadership to totally eliminate criminality especially murders and robberies that have reduced public trust in the institution. 

The meeting, which is being attended by the inspector general of police, Martins Okoth Ochola and his deputy, Sabiiti Muzeyi plus all police directors, is aimed discussing the challenges faced by the institution and find solutions of transforming it into a modern police force that operates with full support of the civilian population. 

Museveni asked police officers to shun corruption, saying it has not only tainted their public image, but also affected the performance of individual police officers in their respective areas of deployment. 

"The president has specifically raised concerns which he would like the police to address in order to improve their performance and therefore the security of persons and property on this country. He has said, look, there are still some murders still taking place, could you conclusively address this? Can you address the concern of corruption which amongst you the police is one of the reasons affects your image and also affects your performance." Odongo said. 
  
Citing the kidnap of American tourist, Kimberly Endicott together with her Ugandan tour guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge as they drove through Queen Elizabeth national park early last month, Museveni tasked the police to protect Uganda’s economic interests through ensuring security for all foreigners to avoid bad publicity for the industry.

"We take an example the incident that happened slightly before Easter when a tourist was kidnapped. It went allover. What is the effect of that? It affects the tourism industry which is an important element in the economic growth of this country. So we must ensure that we deal with that problem conclusively such that we can secure the economy of this country from our little corner and the entire perspective of national development." Odongo added. 

On his part, Odongo raised concern about the increasing cases of cyberbullying by some people who have transformed their social media platforms into forums for belittling and attacking political leaders. He asked police to find mechanisms of fighting cyberbullying, which he said is growing at high speed.    

Ochola, a career policeman with 30 years' experience, replaced Gen Kale Kayihura as the inspector general of police on March 4, 2018. Museveni had consistently complained about the infiltration of criminals in the police during Kayihura's reign. Ochola was Kayihura's deputy while his deputy Muzeyi was commander of Military Police.  

Comments

+5 #11 Zaitun 2019-05-18 16:28
"Clean up your police," barks Museveni.
Ochola, just like any ordinary Ugandan, does not have a police force, but you, yes.

You boast of have having a chain of military, para-military and police forces loyal to you when that suits you.

But now that every Ugandan is cursing a rotten police force, you shamelessly call it Ochola's police! What a hard joke to swallow.

When ever thing go well in this rotting country of Museveni, President Museveni and family claim the credit; but once things begin to go assunder, it is the fault of the Director, Commissioner, Manager, or which ever officer heads that department.

You did not vote yourself to remain till death in the State House against the choice of Ugandans to collect credits for doing nothing.

Learn to be a man to accept and be responsible for your failing responsibilities.
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0 #12 Lakwena 2019-05-18 16:54
Listening to Mr. M7 speeches and/or lectures is so hollow like listening to a lecture by Prof. Jigger, Dr. Leech, Prof. Bedbug and Dr. Tick, or Prof Emeritus HIV/Aids.
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+1 #13 Lakwena 2019-05-19 16:46
Quoting Zaitun:
"Clean up your police," barks Museveni. ...

When ever thing go well in this rotting country of Museveni, President Museveni and family claim the credit; but once things begin to go assunder, it is the fault of the Director, Commissioner, Manager, or which ever officer heads that department.

You did not vote yourself to remain till death in the State House against the choice of Ugandans to collect credits for doing nothing.

Learn to be a man to accept and be responsible for your failing responsibilities.


In other words Zaitun, Mr. M7's level of dishonesty and blame game embarrasses Lucifer, the Master of lies and decption above all creatures.

But that is the kind of a person his wife, Janet Kataha, Yakobo Oulanya, Prof. Makubuya, etc., say he was sent by God to save Uganda.
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0 #14 wante Martino 2019-05-20 10:26
Mucebeni, you have failed to Clean your own House, how dare yo push Police, where do you get the money that you dish out everyday, are you therefore corrupt yourself??
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