Sharita’s heroism helped transform police - IGP

Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura (L) and other mourners at the burial of Julius Sharita in Mitooma District last Saturday. Photo by Zadock Amanyisa

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Gen Kayihura says Sharita was the best choice for the UN job because it needed an officer with professional skills to engage in decision making.

Mitooma- The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura, has described former Assistant IGP Julius Sharita as a zealous and disciplined officer whose heroism helped transform the force.

“There is no question that Sharita has gone to heaven, if it is there. Putting on his uniform to serve the nation at different occasions was always his aim amidst all challenges he faced. That’s why he has left a professional legacy right from the beginning to the end,” Gen Kayihura said.

He made the remarks in Kyankukwe village, Mitooma District, at Sharita’s burial last Saturday. Sharita, who was police attaché to Uganda’s mission in the United Nations, passed on last week in the US.

Gen Kayihura said the late was the best choice for the UN job because it needed an officer with professional skills that would help Uganda engage in decision making at the UN Security Council.

The police chief promised that Sharita’s family would be supported through the welfare department.

Gen Kayihura amused mourners when he announced that he had accepted a request to allow Sharita’s two sons to join the police force as a tribute to their father.

The IGP directed the relevant officers to handle the plea of the two boys to be recruited to the force.

Gen Kayihura also said the country has the best police force in the world despite propaganda reports of brutality and impunity filed by human rights groups.

The police boss added that the Force has been admired worldwide as professional because of its peace-keeping in countries such as Liberia, Kosovo, Sudan, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

“We have put in place the department of peace support operations which has produced good fruits. Our force is the best in the world despite reports by human rights organisations who describe it as a Force of tear gas and brutality without knowing that use of tear gas is normal and acceptable,” the IGP said.