President Yoweri Museveni has appointed General Elly Tumwine as the new security minister in the latest changes that saw long-serving Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura replaced by his deputy, Okoth Ochola. In a statement dated March 4, the president also appoints Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei as Deputy Inspector General of Police. Ochola has been General Kayihuras deputy, while Brigadier Sabiiti has been Commander of the Military Police.
In a statement dated March 4, the president also appoints Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei as Deputy Inspector General of Police. Ochola has been General Kayihura's deputy, while Brigadier Sabiiti has been Commander of the Military Police.
"In the exercise of the powers vested in the president by Articles 113 (1) and 213 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint General Elly Tumwine as Minister for Security, Mr Okoth Ochola as the Inspector General of Police and Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei as the Deputy Inspector General of Police," reads the brief statement.
This means both General Kayihura and Lieutenant-General Henry Tumukunde removed from two of their offices at a time their personal differences have almost crippled police and security work. Kayihura and Tumukunde, both former members of Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA) rebel force in the 1980s, have openly disagreed on the methods of work.
Kayihura has been heading the police force since November 2005 while Tumukunde returned to government in 2016 after 10 years of on the sidelines.
For the first time in almost 17 years, a career police officer will be at the helm of the force. The last career officer to be IGP was John Kisembo who was replaced by General Katumba Wamala in April 2001. Katumba was replaced in 2005 by Kayihura, with former being appointed Land Forces commander and later Chief of Defence Forces until last year when he was appointed State Minister for Works.
At 62, Kayihura is the longest-serving IGP having commanded the police for more than 12 years, albeit with complaints from different quarters of widespread human rights abuses.