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Massive Reshuffle Looms Police as Top Commanders Face Knife

The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has finalized plans to make an overhaul reshuffle in the Uganda Police force where top commanders especially from Kampala Metropolitan area are expected to be dropped, Spyreports has exclusively learnt.

Insiders in police revealed to us that this reshuffle will cut across all police directorates starting from Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) up to Divisional Police Commanders (DPCS). Insiders say most affected officers will be from Kampala Metropolitan.

Reliable sources close to IGP say the overhaul reshuffle arises after intelligence reports pinned some police commanders to have failed their responsibilities on their juniors. “Recently some pictures of drunk police officers in uniform circulated on social media which defamed the image of the police and this showed how commanders had failed their roles on juniors,” says an insider from IGP’s office.

The source says that IGP puts the blame on commanders who fail to perform their responsibilities on their juniors. “How could a police officer report on duty while drunk, where did he pass and where was his immediate boss?” a source quoted IGP Ochola fuming.

The source says the tough Ochola added that Commanders especially DPCs and OC Stations do not supervise the activities of their juniors especially at night. “At night commanders go for beers and leave their juniors to do their duties. As the result juniors also go to bars and later come on duty knowing they are the bosses. This is why they have messed up on duty and I will not allow this to continue in my regime,” says Ochola.

Insiders say Ochola added that DPCs and OC Stations should always leave police stations at around 9:00pm and must make abrupt checks on their juniors. “Night officer report on duty at around 7:00pm and I expect DPCs and OC stations to be in office and even conduct evening parades. If an officer reports on duty while drunk the DPC should identify him and take proper action,” another source quoted Ochola says.

Sources say that Ochola also blamed commanders from Kampala Metropolitan Police for being lazy while executing their duties. He added that some commanders report on duty very late and even leave early. “Some files have been mishandled because commanders don’t supervise their juniors and when cases go to court we lose them,” says Ochola.

Sources say Director CID AIGP Grace Akullo had earlier reported to IGP and Deputy IGP how CID officers receive bribes and kill sensitive files. “I have a challenge with my top CID commanders, they receive bribes and destroy most cases. We cannot secure conviction in court because commanders kill evidences on most sensitive cases,” a source quoted Akullo crying before Ochola.

Sources added that operations on KMP have slowed because commanders are always absent in offices and even do not have intelligence information. “How can a demonstration reach in the middle of city center yet police has everything to control it? This means commanders are lazy and have no intelligence on the ground,” says Ochola adding that those who are lazy will not work with him.

Sources say Ochola will replace top commanders from Kampala Metropolitan with officers who are completing one-year course in Match at Bwebbajja.

“We have got officers who are soon completing one year course at Bwebbajja, they are fresh and hard working so they will replace the lazy ones at Kampala Metropolitan,” says Ochola

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