According to sources at the Naguru based police headquarters, Ochola appointed the committee to establish possible loopholes in in the handover report of Assistant Inspector General of Police- AIGP, Godfrey Bangirana, the former Director of Logistics and Engineering Directorate.
Details have emerged as to why the
Inspector General of Police-IGP, Martin Okoth Ochola recently appointed a
committee to conduct a comprehensive audit in the affairs of the Logistics and Engineering
On Friday last week, Ochola
named a five member committee led by Senior
Superintendent of Police –SSP, Denis Okuja to
audit the expenditure and asses the hand over report of all outgoing and
retiring officers in the directorate.
According to sources at the Naguru
based police headquarters, Ochola appointed the committee to
establish possible loopholes in in the handover report of Assistant Inspector
General of Police- AIGP, Godfrey Bangirana, the former Director of Logistics
and Engineering Directorate.
Bangirana was forced from office by
High court after the expiry of contract following an application by a concerned
citizen. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, denies claims that the committee is
targeting Bangirana, saying its role is to verify logistics stock and asses the
hand over reports by different heads of departments.
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This isn’t the first time Ochola is ordering for
Bangirana’s audit. In 2016, Ochola ordered for Bangirana’s audit in his
capacity as Deputy Inspector General of Police.
However, his efforts were reportedly frustrated by the former IGP, Gen Edward Kayihura.
In September 2016, while officiating at the ground breaking for the construction of 1020
police housing units, Kayihura publically accused Bangirana of inflating the
construction costs and declined to read the budget in the presence of the Internal
Affairs State Minister, Mario Obiga Kania.
Bangirana has been in the news ever since Ochola took over
from Kayihura in March 2018. Several people petitioned the Inspectorate of
Government to probe inflated costs for among other police projects the
construction of state of the art Nateete police station.
this year, Ochola ordered Bangirana to vacate
office in vain, saying he was waiting for response from the Police Authority
chaired by Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odongo to renew his contract.
This prompted Isaac Maddo, a member of Uganda Young Democrats –UYD to drag him
to court on grounds that he was illegally holding the office.
18th, 2019, Justice Henrietta Wolayo ordered
Bangirana to vacate office with immediate effect. The order found Bangirana attending the 25th
Police Council meeting and it was the last time he appeared in public.
over office to his deputy Senior Commissioner
Richard Edyegu on November 28th before President Yoweri Kaguta arrived to
commission the national command center.
accusations against Bangirana
Early this year, media reports indicated that the Logistics Directorate
had with full knowledge of Bangirana allowed senior officers to personalize vehicles
purchased using police funds.
after a whistle blower notified Ochola that a
number of police vehicles were personalized by senior officers to do their
private work. They include UAX 788L that is registered in the name of AIGP,
Lemmy Musa Twinomugisha, UAX 831N recorded in the name of Rogers Muhirwa, the
Police undersecretary and UAX 032E registered under SSP, Stephen Ibanda.
are UAX 067X that is registered in the name of
Joseph Nuwagaba, UAX 258V registered in the name of Lydia Kisembo Ssozi, UAX
960E registered in the name of Isaac Kyaligonza and UAX 019J that is owned by James
Apora. Ochola ordered Grace Akullo, the Director Criminal
Investigations Directorate to recover all the cars, which she did in June this
It is alleged some police officers decided to resign after seeing what
was happening to Bangirana. However, their requests are pending the conclusion of