A serious battle has erupted at Police Headquarters based in Naguru Kampala suburb between the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola and six police directors at the level of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) whose contracts expired last year, Spyreports has reliably learnt.
The Directors who lost their contracts last year and have engaged in a battle fight with IGP Ochola include AIGP Asuman Mugenyi the Director of Operations, AIGP Dr Stephen Kasiima Director Traffic and road safety, AIGP Joseph Mugisa Director Fire and rescue services, AIGO Lemmy Twinomugisha Director Welfare and production, Hajji Moses Balimwoyo Director in charge of Interpol and International relations and AIGP Erasmus Twaruhukwa Director legal and human rights.
According to our insiders at Naguru, IGP Ochola wanted the Directors with expired contracts to vacate their offices until the Police Authority or the President renews their Contracts. “I told them last year that when their contracts are not renewed, they will vacate their offices pending the renewal,” senior police officer told recently.
“You see we had a challenge with AIGP Godfrey Bangirana, his contract expired and he remained in office, he was dragged to court later ordered to get out and police as an institution was put on spotlight,” a source heard Ochola saying.
The source further says Ochola added that he does not want such scenario to happen again in Police, which he leads.
Reliable sources from police circles added that early this year, Ochola summoned officers with expired contracts to prepare to handle over offices to their deputies pending the renewal of their contracts. Insiders added that when Directors learnt that Ochola was against them, they used their political means and approached the Minister of Internal affairs Gen Jeje Odongo to allow them stay in offices pending contract renewal.
“They went to Minister of Internal Affairs directly without permission from IGP yet it’s a protocol in security that you pass through the IGP to meet the Minister or President,” says another source adding that it annoyed Ochola.
Intelligence sources added that Gen Odongo on 7th this Month, wrote to IGP Ochola ordering him to allow affected officers stay in office until the appointing Authority makes a decision.
“In order not to disrupt continuity of serve, particularly at this time, this guide you to allow the concerned/affected officers stay in office until the appointing Authority determines otherwise,” reads part of the letter Minister Odongo wrote to IGP Ochola.
Insiders say when Ochola realized that he was beaten hands down, he also on the same date wrote to Permanent Secretary Ministry of Internal affairs to guide on the way forward to officers with expired contracts.
“You will recall that one of the Directors whose contract expired but stayed in office was challenged in courts of law and judgment was entered to the effect that the member vacates office,” reads part of the letter that Ochola wrote to Permanent Secretary Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In his letter, Ochola says Article 164 and 174 of the Constitution of Republic of Uganda and section 8 (3) and 9 ( b &d) of the Police Act, I here by write to seek your guidance on the way ford in regard to the affected officers.
Last week spyreports published a story how police officers with expired contracts were dragged to Inspector General of Police (IGG) for investigations by high Court advocate and defender of rule of law one Martin Tayebwa.
According to the document obtained by spyreports, the officers have been dragged to IGG by one Tayebwa Martin an advocate of high court of Uganda and a defender of rule of law and Credo Advocates represent him.
In his affidavit, Tayebwa says the above-mentioned police officers have no mandate in law to execute duties purportedly on behalf of Uganda Police/Government of Uganda. “Their working contracts have neither been renewed nor extended by the legally authorized appointing Authority,” says Tayebwa in his affidavit.
Tayebwa further states that not even the Minister of Internal Affairs has the basis in law to temporarily keep the officers without running contracts. “The Honorable Minister’s actions are ultra Vires his powers,” he adds
His affidavit further claims that the troubled police officers have their deputies who can serve in their offices until the appointing Authority takes decision. The excuse of vacuum does not hold.
“Any form of emoluments or allowances paid out those officers outside the contractual period would be illegal and a form of corruption,” he says. He added that by allowing those officers to occupy Government offices without any contract is actually promoting Maladministration,imputy and a tendency of lack of accountability and that is criminal and can be punishable by law.
POLICE SPEAKES OUT
Fred Enanga the Police spokesperson recently told the media that the contracts of the six Police directors mentioned above expired last years but their files were sent to President Museveni to determine their fate. “The President who also doubles as the appointing Authority will determine the fate of six police directors whose contracts expired,” he says. He added that now they are still in office until President gives an order.