The Inspector of Police, Martin Ochola, has warned commanders concealing subordinates involved in crimes. Ochola through the director of human resource management Assistant Inspector General of Police- AIGP Jesse Kamunanwire, has said there is increasing laxity by unit commanders not promptly informing the force headquarters about the crimes and misconduct by their juniors.
IGP Martin Ochola
The Inspector General of Police, Martin Ochola, has warned
commanders against concealing their colleagues involved in crimes.
Ochola through the Director of Human Resource Management Assistant Inspector General of Police-
AIGP Jesse Kamunanwire, says that there is increasing laxity by unit commanders not
promptly informing the force headquarters about the crimes and misconduct by
“Police management has noted with concern that there
is laxity by some Unit Commanders who fail to promptly inform Headquarters
about Police Personnel who commit criminal and disciplinary offences,” Ochola
Last week alone, three police officers were dismissed from
the force after they attempted to kill their colleagues or civilians.
Fred Enanga, the
police spokesperson, identified the dismissed officers as Detective Constable Moses
Bwire Mangeni 27, who was dismissed on two counts of discreditable conduct and
attempted murder, Police Constable Tyson Kutosi.
Bwire had requested the keys to the police
motorcycle, so as to travel to his home village in Busia district, but was
denied the motorcycle, which was the only transport at Namugongo Police Post in
“This angered the suspect and he picked a hoe, and
hacked PC Kutosi, inflicting injuries on him. Immediately after, he picked up a
gun with 30 rounds and fired all the bullets. Several bullet holes were found
in the room of the OC post,” Enanga said.
Another policeman who was dismissed is Corporal Ambrose
Katumwehe, 57, attached to Kanekye
Police Post, Kashozi division, with threatening violence, against Nakyanzi Caroline,
a barmaid in Kanekye trading centre.
“Katumwehe while in a drunken state, and armed with a
gun, threatened to fire bullets at the victim’s door, if she failed to open it.
Shortly after, he fired three bullets at her door, which prompted an alarm. The
suspect returned to his post and was arrested by the DPC and team. The fun was
recovered, cartridges and exhibited. He was charged with Attempted Murder and
threatening violence,” Enanga said.
Police commanders have been tasked to always promptly
inform the Inspector General of Police when police officers are involved in
criminal or disciplinary offences and actions taken by superiors.
“This should be followed immediately with reports to
the Inspector General of Police for interdiction, suspension or any other
appropriate action taken against such personnel as stipulated in the Police Act
Cap 303,” IGP said.
Reports regarding police officers' crimes and
misconduct, Ochola has ordered that they should be submitted to police
headquarters as soon as the cases are concluded for further administrative action.
Ochola has also directed that monthly nominal rolls
should always indicate the officers on interdiction and suspension. All Units
commanders who will not comply, Ochola, has promised dire consequences.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.