Opposition Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has condemned the deployment of military officers as directors in the Uganda Police Force.
Semujju was making reference to the appointment of Brigadier Godfrey Golooba as Director Human Resource and training, Brigadier Jack Bakasumba as the Joint Chief of Staff, Colonel Chris Damulira as the Director Crime Intelligence, and Jesse Kamunanwire as the Director Human Resource and Administration, in the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF).
He said that by appointing Army officers to head police directorates, President Museveni is encouraging militarization of the Police, which in turn could be disastrous for the country. He adds that the army leaders in the police force have focused their energies on suppressing the opposition than adequately fulfilling the mandate of the police.
Ssemujju says by deploying the military, the ordinary Ugandan gets the force of the army which is supposed to be fighting enemies, as opposed to keeping law and order.
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He says it is unfortunate that under the watch of the army, the country is experiencing a total breakdown with robbers staging broad daylight robberies.
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However, the Minister for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania says the opposition does not have credentials to discuss appointments in both the military and the police.
The army is not strange in the Uganda Police, as it has had several of its past and current leaders as serving army officers. This includes General Katumba Wamala who now serves as the Minister of State for Works, Former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and the current Deputy IGP Muzeeyi Sabiiti.