The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has said that police will not add any rank to police officers who are deployed outside Police. The Police chief issued the directive on Tuesday during a security meeting that was held at Police headquarters in Nagula Kampala Suburb.
The meeting according to sources was attended IGP Ochola, his Deputy Maj.Gen Sabiit Muzeyi, AIGP Grace Akullo the Director CID, AIGP Edward Ochom, AIGP Abas Byakagaba,Col Matsko head of Security Uganda Revenue Authority ,officials from Inter Security Organization (ISO) Members from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and representative from Military Police and Special Forces Command.
Ochola during the meeting said that police officers who are on attachment like Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), National Drugs Authority (NDA) and NEMA parliament among others will not get any rank as long as they are still serving in those institutions.
“Those police officers are not doing police work on their attachments they just do works to their companies so why should police promote them,” he said. He added that when there is riot in the city centre they are not concerned.
“Next year we expect some promotions on all ranks and the first priority will directly to officers who directly do police work. I don’t expect a promotion of any police officer who is on attachment,” he said. Sources who attended the meeting told us that Ochola directed department of Human resource to compile the list of all police officers who serve on attachment and send it to his office.
“Most police officers on attachments have always paid for their promotions because they have but this time round no body will buy a rank. It must be given on hard work, the level of discipline in the force among others,” he said.
Police Chief adds that police officers on attachments will strictly serve for two years only and with no chance of renewing contacts.
“I have also been informed that police officers on attachments especially KCCA, URA, UNRA, Parliament don’t want to leave because they earn a lot of salary and whenever they are recalled they petition to their bosses to intervene,” he said.
Sources added that Ochola told the security meeting that he had written to Heads of all institutions where police officers are attached that after two years police will be recalling its officers and redeploy others.
“Officers on attachments will be like those who go for peace keeping missions. After two years they come and others go,” he said.
Sources say the Ochola’s decision for police officers to serve for two years came when police recalled its officers who had served over 10 years at URA and refused. They petitioned to URA Commissioner General Doris Akol to intervene.