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By Mulengera Reporter

Police Chief IGP Martins Okoth Ochola, through the Force’s Human Resource Director Jesse Kamunanwire, has replaced five directors whose contracts expired last year.

Ochola has elevated former Deputy Director of Human Rights and Legal Services Christine Nanding to replace her former boss Erasmus Twaruhukwa as Director of Human Rights and Legal Services; Bazil Mugisha to step into the shoes of Dr Steven Kasiima as Director of Traffic Police; Henry Tukahirwa to replace Lemmy Musa Twinomugisha as Director for Welfare and Production; and Hassan Kihanda to succeed Joseph Mugisa as Director for Fire and Rescue Services.

The Police boss also replaced Godfrey Bangirana, the former Director for Logistics and Engineering, who had refused to vacate office last year, prompting Ochola to throw him out. The IGP picked Richard Edyegu to take up Bangirana’s position.

The five appointees will head the five directorates in acting capacity.

But Ochola did not name replacements for embattled Police Attaché to New York Haruna Isabirye and former Interpol Special Representative to the African Union Francis Rwego.

The IGP also appointed Timothy Halango as a member of the Police Disciplinary Court, substituting Olivia Wawire who is set to retire from the force.

He has also chose Alfred Owili to hold the position of Deputy Commandant of the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU), moving Joseph Isabirye from the unit to the Force’s headquarters at Naguru in Kampala.

Meanwhile, Ochola also promoted officers and reshuffled commanders. Affected officers were at the ranks of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Superintendent of Police (SP), while most offices affected are those of District Police Commanders (DPCs), Regional Criminal Investigations Officers, and Officers in Charge (OC) of stations.

Ochola transferred Bernard Mugerwa from Nebbi to Lira as DPC. He also named Benson Obongo the Kidepo Regional Crime Intelligence Officer.

Issa Ssemwogerere has been moved from police headquarters to Savannah Region as Police Spokesperson as the Police head ordered Greater Masaka Police Spokesperson Paul Kangave to return to Naguru.

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