The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Okoth Ochola, has reshuffled close to 50 senior officers, including district Police commanders (DPCs), Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) detectives and appointed new regional Police commanders (RPCs).
The reshuffle comes hardly a month after the IGP moved over 170 senior officers, including at the Police’s public relations office. In the transfer, Ochola appointed detective Commissioner of Police Paul Kato Tumuhimbise as the acting director anti-corruption and economic crime fraud, while Assistant Commissioner of Police Julius Twinomujuni was appointed acting head of local government fraud at CID headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala. A copy of the transfer message was sent to Police directors and heads of departments.
“The following transfers and are ordered with immediate effect,” read the transfer letter.
In the transfers, Superintendent of Police (SP) Charles Nsaba has been appointed as deputy RPC Rwenzori East, which comprises Kasese, Hima division, Bweera and Kabatooro, commonly known as Katwe. (Other officers transferred on the list).
At a recent passing-out of senior Police officers at the Senior Command and Staff College Bwebajja, the state minister for internal affairs, Obiga Kania, said:
“Training should be the future cardinal for deploying Police officers.”
Last year, the Police started screening officers operating upcountry to weed out the elderly, sick, non-performers and those overdue for transfer. Occasionally, Police officers have come under criticism with claims linking them to a string of offences, ranging from negligence of duty to extortion. A total of 190 Police officers across the country are under probe by the Police Professional Standards Unit.