Why Museveni Removed Army Officers From Police Top Command


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President Museveni last week reshuffled Uganda Police’s top leadership, transferring military officers from the command structures of the law enforcement body.

According to a statement signed by police spokesperson Fred Enanga, Major General Katsigazi “goes back to the UPDF for redeployment.”

Katsigazi has been serving as acting Inspector General of Police since the retirement of Okoch Ochola in March 2024.

Museveni yesterday appointed retired AIGP Abbas Byakagaba as the new IGP.

He will be deputised by James Ochaya.

Major General Abel Kandiho, who previously served as head of UPDF Military Intelligence, has been redeployed to the President’s Office as a Senior Presidential Advisor.

Police’s Director of Human Resources, Brigadier Godfrey Golooba goes back to the UPDF for redeployment.

Golooba will be replaced by SCP Moses Kafeero.

Museveni had sent Kandiho, Katsigazi and Golooba to police following the exit of Gen Kale Kayihura.

The president said then the police had been infiltrated by traitors who were undermining it from within.

The entire police command is now run by experienced police officers.

SCP Frank Mwesigwa who previously headed the Counter Terrorism and Tourism Police dockets is now the Director of Operations.

Other appointments:

AIGP Nuwagira John – Director Field Force Unit

AIGP Twaruhuukwa Erasmus – Director of Research and Planning

AIGP Kaali Fadhil – Director Fire and Rescue Services

SCP Waswa David – Director Counter Terrorism

SCP Namutebi Hadijja – Director of Welfare and Production

SCP Kataratambi Charles – Director of Human Rights and Legal Services

SCP Bamunoba Ubaldo – Chief Political Commissar

SCP Baryamwisaki Felix – Director ICT

“All other affected police officers, will be reassigned other duties by the new Inspector General of Police,” said Enanga on Saturday night.

“The entire police fraternity would like to congratulate all newly appointed officers, whose background in law enforcement and policing, will enable them to effectively lead, the men and women of the Uganda Police Force, and promote top-quality policing, as they continue to secure our country and make all people feel safe,” he added.

“We are confident they will embrace the changes necessary to bring out the best from the dynamic and committed workforce of the police.”

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