New intelligence boss assumes office

Tuesday June 16 2015


Kampala. The outgoing External Security Organisation (ESO) boss Robert Masolo yesterday handed over office to his successor, Joseph Ocwet, at a closed handover ceremony held at President’s office.
Mr Masolo, who has been transferred to the ministry of Foreign Affairs had served as spy chief of Uganda’s external intelligence outfit for nine years.
Security minister Karooro Okurut, who presided over the function described Mr Masolo as a “hardworking officer with a good track- record”.
He begins a new career at Foreign Affairs ministry after 25 years working in intelligence.
“Both Mr Masolo and Mr Ocwet, who have been working at ESO, pledged to continue working together to strengthen the security of the country in their respective new duty stations,” the executive director of media centre, Mr Ofwono Opondo, said in a statement.
Mr Masolo joined ESO in 1989 and became deputy director general in 2000, before he was elevated to director general in 2007. Mr Ocwet has worked at various Ugandan embassies and his last work station was Ugandan high commission in London.
Other government officials who attended the function included, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet John Mitala, secretary office of the President, Deborah Katuramu, director general Internal Security Organisation, Brig Ronnie Balya, and Mr Opondo.