IGP Ochola Declines to Speak to Journalists

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The newly appointed Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola today declined to speak to journalists at Parliament, immediately after appearing before the Appointments Committee. When asked by waiting journalists to address them about his interface with the committee and what he plans to do in the police force as IGP, Ochola simply walked away telling journalists to find him at the Police Headquarters in Naguru.

The newly appointed Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola today declined to speak to journalists at Parliament, immediately after appearing before the Appointments Committee.
 
Clad in a navy blue suit matched with a white shirt and a maroon tie, Okoth Ochola interfaced with the Committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for close to an hour.
 
When asked by waiting journalists to address them about his interface with the committee and what he plans to do in the police force as IGP, Ochola simply walked away telling journalists to find him at the Police Headquarters in Naguru.
 
Ochola's move was quite different from that of the Security Minister-designate General Elly Tumwine who addressed journalists after appearing before the committee, emphasising the need for team work to cure the insecurity in the country.
 
Ochola's appointment has since Sunday been received with scepticism among sections of the public with some people saying that they do not expect any drastic changes in policing, considering that he has been part of the Police administration under General Kale Kayihura.
 
However, some circles have welcomed his appointment saying that given he is a career police officer with 30 years of service, there is hope for better policing.
 
If approved by parliament, Ochola is to face a number of tasks that need to be addressed in order to restore the image of the Police force as well as public trust that seems dwindling.  Among the tasks ahead for Ochola is to fight brutality in the police force, human rights abuses, corruption, excessive use of force, misuse of fire arms, appalling welfare among others.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.