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Over 20 top police officers under investigations over academic papers

Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Police are carrying out criminal investigations against 21 top police officers who have been accused of using fake academic documents to join the force, local media reports.

This comes after a meeting held on January 25 by police chiefs and by the Internal Affairs ministry.

A local newspaper reported that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Internal Affairs ministry permanent secretary, Benon Mutambi, said the matter regarding irregular promotions and recruitment was brought to the attention of the police authorities at the 94th meeting.

In his letter Mr. Mutambi requested that they carry out criminal investigations.

Among the 21 officers include 4 assistant commissioners of police, 5 superintendents of police, 6 assistant superintendents of police and 5 cadet assistant superintendents of police.

Police are also looking at 500 questionable promotions on grounds that they skipped some ranks.

The Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja recommended prosecution of the suspects. “They need to be relieved of their duties and charged in court,” Ms. Mulyagonja said.

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