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Kayihura shuffles police spy chiefs

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Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba addresses journalists in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA 

By ANDREW BAGALA

Posted  Wednesday, March 12  2014 at  02:00

In Summary

Shake-up. Move seen as part of the measures to strengthen the operations of the police in preventing crime .

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Kampala.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has reshuffled the leadership of two main intelligence units, weeks after several officers were gunned down by suspected armed robbers in the city centre.

Gen Kale Kayihura appointed the former Entebbe Airport chief joint security officer, Mr Herman Owomugisha, as the commandant of the Flying Squad, a unit carrying out intelligence and operations against violent criminals.
The police spokesperson, Ms Judith Nabakooba, confirmed the transfer of the officers, saying the changes are meant to strengthen the operations of the police.
Police sources who preferred anonymity because they aren’t authorised to talk to the press, said the changes came hours after Gen Kayihura met the officers at the police training school in Masindi District on Monday night over the handling of violent crime in the country.

The IGP has on several occasions complained publicly that he isn’t getting intelligence from those who are supposed to give it to him.
Mr Charles Kataratambi, who has been heading the Flying Squad, has been transferred to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) as the commandant.

Mr Kataratambi has replaced Assistant Commissioner of Police Beata Chelimo, who has been transferred to the Welfare Directorate to head the Women Affairs’ Desk.
Mr Moses Otala has also been confirmed the head of the Police Welfare and Production Unit. Gen Kayihura transferred the flamboyant Norman Musinga back to the Traffic and Road Safety Directorate as the head of operations.

About units
The Flying Squad comprises former Rapid Response Unit operatives. It was re-established last year after violent crimes became common in the city centre.
The Special Investigations Unit investigates serious cases such as armed robberies and murders which are often assigned by the Inspector General of Police.

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