Gen Kale Kayihura on Wednesday passed out another batch of 345 Uganda Police officers who completed a seven months officer basic course and Non commissioned officer course training
The selected officers were trained by the army at UPDF Non Commissioned Officers’ Academy (NCOA) at Gaddafi Barracks in Jinja.
At the function, the inspector of police warned the mushrooming militias to stop immediately before they are arrested for suspected ill-motives”
“Neither Major Roland Kakoza Mutale nor Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago nor any other Ugandans was allowed to form a militia group”, > he stressed.
He warned that the security organs had enough capacity to safeguard the interests of all Ugandans in the forthcoming elections without individuals seeking to create militias to promote their private interests.
Gen Kayihura also branded the Kiira region police commander, Mr Edgar Nyabongo and his junior officers, as cowards.
The IGP was referring to the incident where the head of the private guards of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi identified as Christopher Aine allegedly manhandled the officers in the scuffle that ensued as police dispersed a planned consultative meeting at Kazimingi industrial park in Jinja on September 10th.
“It was very shameful to see trained police officers being manhandled by one man yet no one is allowed to touch this uniform that symbolizes the nation. I now direct those officers to be recruited for refresher training because they seem to be unfit and lacking operational skills,” Gen Kayuhura said.
The IGP said police need new skills to adapt to the evolving security threats including drug trafficking, cyber crimes, terrorism and violence but with such office, the target cannot be achieved.
Gen Kale Kayihura also used the pass out function to offer a thorough explanation as to why he transferred Andrew Felix Kaweesi, from directing operations in the police force to a seemingly less active department of human resource.
While Gen Kayihura clarified that he did not demote the youthful Assistant Inspector General of Police, as portrayed in the media.”
“Some people don’t even know that my brother Kaweesi here is a teacher by profession, he has more than enough experience as far as management and personnel are concerned. I thought and believed he would steer our personnel to the required standard,” Gen Kayihura said.
The IGP told Mr Kaweesi, who was in the audience not to feel that he was relegated adding, “Mr. Kawesi had become like the maverick former Nansana DPC Muhammed Kirumira who was always in the news.”
“Don’t be disgruntled by those who think I demoted you simply because you’re no longer in the news. Being in the news every day doesn’t mean that one is working very hard,” Gen Kayihura said.
The IGP transferred Mr Kaweesi from the directorate of operations to that of human resource in July; a thing that left many critics and observers concluding it was a demotion of an officer who had quickly risen through the ranks.
More than 386 police officers were passed out at UPDF training school after completing various courses. Of these, 188 officers graduated in basic course and 157 were non-commissioned officers.
21 UPDF acrobats also completed their training at the Academy and the best performing trainees were awarded with gifts and certificates by the IGP.
I.P Euku Juventine for Officer basic course
CPL Nyeko Walter for Non Commissioned Officer Course
PTE Alibuza Rogers for acrobatics course.
According to the Commandant of the Academy, Lt Col Saad Katemba, the awards to the graduands were equivalent to ordinary diploma for Non Commissioned Officers course and a higher diploma for Officer basic course because Non Commissioned Officers’ Academy is an Institution registered and recognized by the Ministry of Education.