Uganda: Police Director Bangirana Ordered to Hand Over Office

Kampala — Inspector General of Police (IGP) ordered the Director of Police Logistics to vacate office after his contract expired last Friday.

IGP Martins Okoth-Ochola ordered Mr Godfrey Bangirana to hand over to his deputy, Mr Richard Edyegu.

"Records available indicate that your contract that was renewed on July 17, 2017 expired on July 16, 2019. It is also on record that you applied to the secretary police authority for consideration for another renewal, which has not yet been done. While we await the decision of the police authority, it is only proper that you hand over office to Richard Edyegu," Mr Ochola wrote to Mr Bangirana on July 19.

Mr Bangirana is the fourth police director to leave office since Mr Ochola took office last year. Col Richard Ndahura, who was the director of Police Intelligence, left before his arrest by the army. He was followed by Mr Ahmed Wafuba and Mr Fred Yiga.

Three other police directors are awaiting for President Museveni to renew their contracts or send them home.

Many police directors at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police have two-year contracts and most of them expire before the next general elections.

New army appointments

Two weeks ago, President Museveni appointed senior army officers as directors in Uganda Police Force. Brig Jackson Bakasumba, who was the UPDF commandant of Peace Support Operations Centre in Singo, was appointed head of Chief of Joint Staff, a newly created position in the police.

Brig Bakasumba was overseeing the training of Ugandan soldiers going for peace operations in Somalia.

Col Sserunjogi Ddamulira, who was director of counter terrorism at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, is the new director of police Crime Intelligence. He replaces Senior Commissioner of Police George Amur Chombe, who has been appointed deputy director of Interpol.

Brig Geoffrey Golooba is the new police director of Human Resource Development and Training. He replaces Mr Moses Balimwoyo, who was named new director of Interpol.

Col Jessy Kamunanwire is now the new director of Human Resource and Administration, replacing Mr Haruna Isabirye, who was sent to New York as police attaché.

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