Six police directors ordered to hand over office

Friday January 24 2020

Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth

Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola, ordered these directors to handover office to their deputies. FILE PHOTO 

By ANDREW BAGALA

The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola, has ordered six police directors to hand over their offices as soon as possible, since President Museveni has not renewed their contracts.

The six senior police officers at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) include; Erasmus Twaruhukwa (director legal), Dr Steven Kasiima (director Traffic Police), Lemmy Twinomugisha (director Welfare and Production), Joseph Mugisa (director Fire and Emergency Rescue Services), Haruna Isabirye (Police Attaché to New York), and Francis Rwego (director and Interpol Special Representative to African Union).

"Records available indicate that your three year contract that was offered to you on the November 21, 2016 expired. It is on record that you applied for the renewal of the same which has process not been concluded. As we await the results on the renewal of your contract, you are required to handover the office to your deputy," IGP Ochola wrote to Mr Twaruhukwa on January 23, 2020.

He ordered Mr Twaruhukwa to handover office this Friday.
IGP Ochola had earlier wrote to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo, seeking advice on the officers whose contracts had expired and he was told that the President was unwilling to extend their contracts.

Three director have left office since June last year and more than five others will see their contracts expiring by July this year. This means that the police leadership will have a new team before the next general elections.
Dr Kasiima is expected to hand over office on Saturday (tomorrow) at Traffic Police headquarters in Nateete. At least 10 police officers had asked for extension of their contracts.

Recently, a law firm dragged the IGP to court for allowing police directors to stay in office while their contracts ended. However, some of the officers on the list said they were in office legally since they had running contracts.

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