President Museveni on sunday fired Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura and Minister for Security Henry Tumukunde.The two army officers have not been not ‘friends’ at least in public.The two have been bickering as the security situation in Uganda deteriorated.
Kayihura has been at the helm of Uganda Police Force since 2005 when he replaced Gen Katumba Wamala, while Minister Tumukunde was appointed Security Minister in 2016 after being on Katebe for a while
‘ ‘In exercise of powers granted to me by the Constitution, I have appointed Gen Elly Tumwine as the Security Minister. I have also appointed Mr Okoth Ochola as the Inspector-General of Police. He will be deputised by Brig Sabiiti Muzeei” brife statement from State House read in part
President Museveni was concerned about the fights. Recently he came out for the first time to address this bad blood between the two Generals, during a high level meeting at State House Entebbe.The President reportedly wondered why the two Generals picked to wash their dirty linen in the public rather than taking their squabbles before the National Security Council where their are members.
‘ ‘Uganda’s head of Police Kale Kayihura has been sacked after allegations of his closeness to the Rwandan goverment and possible attempts to overthrow the Museveni goverment. Some say he had delivered Museveni two electoral victories in his time in office. Important moment.” Tweeted BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga
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Kayihura’s sacking comes hours after he had has made an extensive shake-up in the law enforcement body.
In the reshuffles made on March 3, which were carried out across all police departments in most regions across the country, 53 commanders have been transferred, and Kayihura said another reorganization would be made shortly after this.
Key figures in this shake-up, Assistant Commissioner of Police, or ACP, Siraj Bakaleke, who has been the Regional Police Commander (RPC) Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) East, was transferred to the Central Police Station (CPS) as the acting Commissioner of Police (CP), Political Education.
ACP Polly Namaye and CP Fred Enanga was moved from the police Press Unit to CPS as assistant commissioners of police, Information and Publications. While Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Norman Musinga was taken to work in the Traffic section of police, having completed a course.