Uganda Police Commissioner, Dr Fred Yiga, has been appointed the United Nations Commissioner of Police for South Sudan, becoming the first Ugandan police officer to hold the post.
Dr Yiga, who has been the chief technical adviser for the South Sudan’s interior minister and inspector general of police, is now the fourth in the UN hierarchy in Juba.
The police spokesperson, Mr Asuman Mugenyi, said the appointment was a test of the marketability of Ugandan police officers.
“It is true he has been appointed in that position. This promotion has proved our critics wrong. We are now wondering whether Dr Yiga is from the heavenly police of the 1960s that Rhoda Kalema wrote about,” Mr Mugenyi said yesterday.
Mr Mugenyi said Dr Yiga is among officers who have exhibited professionalism worldwide and are holding the Uganda flag high. “We have very marketable officers that have demonstrated in the UN mission. These include Elizabeth Kuteesa, who is in Interpol, and Mr Simeo Nsubuga (in South Sudan),” he said.
In 1990s and 2000s, Dr Yiga was one of the most popular officers in the country because of his community policing strategy and his zero tolerance to corruption.