The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has tasked Mr. Asan Kasingye to concentrate on improving image of Uganda Police.
On Tuesday, the IGP replaced Mr. Asan Kasingye as Police spokesperson with SSP Emilian Kayima.
According to a statement by Gen Kayihura, Mr Kasingye will concentrate on the job of chief political commissar (CPC).
The changes come at time when Uganda Police image has been tainted. Recently five senior Police commanders were arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in connection subversive acts, including colluding with foreign security agents to abduct and forcibly return Rwandan political asylum seekers/refugees to Rwanda, aggravated robbery and murder etc.
Uganda Police was recently ranked among the worst globally, out of the 127 countries ranked, Uganda is position 124. Uganda Police composite score for all indicators was 0.3119 against best performers Singapore 0.8978, Finland 0.8673, Denmark 0.8637.
“In order to enable CPC concentrate on improving the ideological quality of police officers and the constabulary through political education, I am delinking once again the office of the spokesman from the political commiserate,” Gen Kayihura said in a statement.
“The single biggest challenge facing the Uganda police is the dominant negative attitudes, values etc. which can only be sustainably carried through political education. Accordingly, I am appointing SSP Emilian Kayima as the new spokesperson.” Kayihura said.
The Police boss has also advised Mr. Kasingye to come up with political education programme for all offciers
“By copy of this message, CPC to propose an urgent programme of political education for the units and setting up of a police school of political education which must begin, however, modestly this financial year,” Gen Kayihura’s memo says.
Gen Kayihura said in the memo that Brig Matsiko, the army CPC as well as the National Leadership Institute (Nali), Kyankwanzi should be of help.
“ As we discussed, you should be in the course of December this year after the Police Council meeting, arrange a seminar for all officers, graduands of Nali, Kyankwanzi to give you a head start.” Gen Kayihura said.